Faculty Mentor Program

Faculty Mentor Program

POLICY STATEMENT: Each Department in the College of Engineering shall establish a mentor program for tenure-track faculty members. The program shall be informal and unofficial with voluntary participation.

MENTOR PROGRAM: The main purpose of the mentor program is to provide unofficial, informal, and confidential assistance and suggestions to tenure-track faculty members. The program could include, but not be limited to, matters concerning students such as advising, grading policies, office hours, and use of TAs and RAs; providing information on publishing and funding environments, reading and critiquing grant proposals and journal articles, and College and Department dynamics.

The DEO of each Department shall explain the mentor program and introduce potential volunteer mentor or mentors from the senior faculty, with their prior consent, to each tenure-track faculty member. A tenure-track faculty member
who decides to participate may then choose a mentor, or a group of mentors. Suggestions made by a mentor are informal and unofficial. All participants are free to terminate their participation in the program at any time.

The program is not a replacement for existing procedures such as annual reviews and guidance from the DEO. Questions and inquiries of an official nature should be directed to appropriate administrators rather than to a mentor.