The purpose of the College Mentoring Program is to create a link between new and junior faculty and respected, tenured faculty. It is anticipated that the mentored faculty will experience higher levels of job satisfaction, better teaching, greater scholarly productivity, and a stronger likelihood of remaining at the University of Southern Indiana than non-mentored faculty. Additionally, faculty mentors should gain considerable personal and professional satisfaction from involvement in such a program. The program’s success will depend on the new faculty members, their mentors and their department chairs all taking an active role in the mentoring process.
Goals of the Mentoring Program:
Selection of Mentors:
The Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education will work with the College’s Department Chairs to match junior faculty (in years 1-3) with tenured faculty members from the college. If a junior faculty member has an assigned mentor from within their department, the junior faculty may still request a mentor from outside the department. A mentor will not be involved in the evaluation of the mentee. Each year, a call for mentors will be released from the Office of the Dean. Mentors will be required to fill out an application/interest form (see below). Mentors will be selected taking into consideration their, and their mentee’s, experience, background, and interests. Mentors are paired with mentee’s after discussions between the dean and the chairs.
Duration of Mentoring Process:
While no set duration is required for the mentoring relationship between a mentor and a mentee, it is expected that mentors and mentees meet frequently during the first two semesters. At the end of the second semester, they can decide if it is necessary to continue the mentoring relationship at the same pace, or on an as needed basis, or conclude it if individual goals have been met. If at any time during the mentoring process, a mentor and/or mentee feel that the relationship is not productive, they should contact the dean so that a different mentor can be assigned (if warranted).
Responsibilities of Mentors Include:
Responsibilities of Mentees Include: