At the request of a junior faculty, the FMP director with consultation with advisory board members, is paired with a senior tenured faculty from outside her or his own department or college. Criteria for pairing a Mentee with a Mentor are based on a brief questionnaire of preferences and interests of the Mentee. An optimal pairing between faculty outside of one’s own locus can be enhanced when fields of interest are affiliated; however, when that is not possible, highly successful pairings between faculty with quite varied fields are accomplished. The Mentor contacts the junior faculty to set up an initial first meeting to discuss informally the range of considerations of the junior faculty. If both Mentor and Mentee find the initial contact favorable, they develop an appropriate structure that will create for them a productive working relationship. If for any reason the initial contact reveals that the pairing may not function as hoped, the Mentee contact the FMP, and we are pleased to reassess and arrange another option.
Faculty mentees say benefits can include:
• Information on the university community
• Guidance on handling departmental politics
• Developing research and service agendas
• Advancing and documenting assessment of teaching
• Guidance in publishing assistance in manuscript editing
• Composing the dossier for renewal, promotion and tenure
• Increasing contacts across disciplines and departments
• Sustaining collegial relationships and friendships
• And more!
Junior faculty wishing to be paired may submit a completed Mentee Questionnaire.
You may download and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to:
Faculty Mentoring Program
Kuykendall 107, UHM
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