Who can be a mentor?
Faculty-to-faculty mentoring program mentors are experienced, well-respected, tenured faculty who volunteer to participate in a brief formalized mentoring training session, spend focused and productive time with a faculty protégé for the duration of the mentoring relationship (longer if both parties agree), attend special topic workshops and seminars for mentors and protégés, and get involved in scheduled activities designed to enhance the mentoring relationship. A mentor's goal should be to develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will contribute to a protégé's career satisfaction and development.
Serving as a mentor requires important personal qualities. To successfully mentor a protégé, mentors must:
- Be good listeners and strong communicators;
- Have an established network of professional peers and resources that can be used to assist the protégé;
- Possess supervisory skills;
- Be independent, allowing the protégé to develop a career path distinct from the mentor's;
- Avoid competition with the protégé;
- Have solid self-esteem and an excellent reputation; and
- Be motivated to help others.
Mentors complete a participation form, and attend an initial training session offered by the office of academic affairs. Throughout the year, mentors will be invited to special topic follow-up workshops designed to support them as mentors, and introduce them to programs, resources, and assistance available to protégés on campus and in the region. Mentors may join the program at any time.
Being a mentor takes time, commitment, and effort on the part of tenured faculty members. Nevertheless, commitment to the faculty-to-faculty mentoring program has its benefits. Mentors know the satisfaction of helping a colleague develop professionally, can share their own ideas about teaching and research with another interested colleague, and help the University and their department retain excellent faculty members.
Mentors in the faculty-to-faculty mentoring program offer developmental support and guidance intended to enhance the performance and satisfaction of the new faculty member. Their purpose differs somewhat from the sort of mentoring offered by department chairs. Chairs are required to shepherd untenured, tenure track faculty through the tenure process, and to familiarized new colleagues specifically with departmental expectations. In the faculty-to-faculty mentoring program, mentors are more concerned with ensuring new colleagues understand the larger Loyola environment and expectations. The faculty-to-faculty mentoring program complements departmental mentoring efforts, providing clarification and support with issues that affect all untenured, tenure track faculty members.
Who can be a protégé?
Protégés are untenured, tenure track faculty who choose to participate in the mentoring program. Academic departments may have formal or informal mentoring programs that have the advantage of offering specific information about departmental practices and procedures. The faculty-to-faculty mentoring program complements these programs. Faculty-to-faculty mentoring program will:
- Offer workshops, seminars, and events designed to introduce protégés to faculty life and organizations campus-wide;
- Will provide information about tenure and promotion that applies to all faculty regardless of department;
- Foster interdisciplinary relationships between campus scholars through scheduled community events; and
- Share information about research, professional advancement, and other campus-based opportunities for faculty.
Protégés may join the program as soon as they believe it will be beneficial, though joining in their first semester on campus is strongly encouraged.
Home academic departments may offer mentoring programs as well. The faculty-to-faculty mentoring program will function cooperatively with departmental programs, and will provide campus-wide information and resources that may not be readily available, and can serve as an invaluable supplement to formal and informal departmental mentoring programs. Protégés may want to consult with their department chairs to determine if participation in both would be beneficial.
How do I get involved in the faculty-to-faculty mentoring program?
Getting involved in the faculty-to-faculty mentoring program is easy. Contact the office of academic affairs and request a "articipation form." Specify whether you want a "mentor" or "protégé" participation form. Complete the form and return it to the office. The office will contact you shortly with details about a program orientation and training sessions.
The faculty-to-faculty mentoring program operates through the office of academic affairs. For additional information and participation forms, you may contact:
Dr. Martha L. Wharton
Assistant Vice President
Office of Academic Affairs
120 J Jenkins Hall
4501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210