Mentor Response

February 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Today we held a lunch for the mentors participating in our One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Program.  Due to massive amounts of wind, snow, ice, slush, etc we were unable to meet with as many mentors as originally planned. Two of our co-PIs did join us to help answer questions and we discussed cross-departmental mentoring.

Mentors noted that as an external source of information they were able to help new faculty members distinguish the different types of university committees.  Also time management strategies and work/life balance have been main topics during their meetings.  Initially, there is also a need for information about relocation: where is a good place to live and where are the good schools and local childcare?

There was some discussion about an additional need for tenure-track faculty as they get closer to the tenure decision.  Currently our One-to-One Program is a one year commitment and only available to tenure-track faculty in their first year.  Do you have experience with a one-to-one program?  If so, have you seen or felt a need for a mentor outside your department in the later years before tenure?

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