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Why establish a university-wide faculty mentoring program at FSU?

The Fayetteville State University Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) is a voluntary, university-wide, cross-disciplinary program that is designed to facilitate the professional development of tenure track faculty members. Through FMP, senior faculty members will share their knowledge and skills with tenure track faculty. This will be accomplished through a mentor/mentee relationship in which the mentor helps the mentee to adjust to life at FSU, by providing valuable information about campus support services. In addition, the mentor will assist the mentee to develop professional plans at the early stages of his/her academic career at FSU. Thus, the primary purpose of FMP is to provide tenure track faculty at FSU with the optimum opportunity for career and professional success.

I have a mentor in my department. Why establish another mentoring program?

FSU’s new FMP is not designed as a substitute for any existing mentoring program at the department or college level. Rather, it is designed to promote cross-disciplinary mentoring that goes beyond discipline-specific mentoring at the department level.

Mentoring Model

FSU’s Mentoring Model

(Adapted from the mentoring literature that highlight best practices in faculty mentoring)

Which faculty members are eligible to participate in FMP as mentees?

FMP is open to all tenure track faculty members at FSU. Priority will be given to newly hired tenure track faculty and individuals who have been on tenure track for less than three years.

How do I become a mentee?

Tenure track faculty members who are interested in becoming a mentee should fill out the “Request a Mentor” form. Mentees will be required to attend an orientation workshop.

Which faculty members are eligible to participate in FMP as mentors?

Participation in FMP as mentors is open to all tenured associate and full professors at FSU. To sign up, please fill out the “Sign up as a Mentor” form. Mentors will be required to attend an orientation workshop.

How do I become a mentor?

To sign up, please fill out the “Sign up as a Mentor” form. Mentors will be required to attend an orientation workshop.

How are the matches made?

Mentors and mentees are paired based on information provided on the “Request a Mentor” and “Sign up as a Mentor” forms that are completed by prospective mentees and mentors, respectively.

What are my primary responsibilities as a mentee?

A mentee must devote time to the mentoring relationship and take advantage of the support and opportunities offered by the mentor. The mentee identifies goals for and expectations of the relationship.

What are my primary responsibilities as a mentor?

A good mentor is accessible and makes time to be available to the mentee. The primary responsibility of the mentor is to provide guidance and direction in the areas identified by the mentee. The mentor recognizes and encourages accomplishments, provides informal feedback, discusses specific difficult situations and suggests actions, and provides assistance with time management issues. In sum, the mentor’s role is to provide supportive guidance and constructive feedback.

How much time will be involved?

The expectation is that mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face at least once a month for an hour. We encourage E-mail and telephone contacts. While this is the minimum expectation, often meetings occur more frequently when a mentee is working through a particular issue.

How long is my commitment to this program?

The commitment is for one academic year. Mentors and mentees may continue the relationship for as long as they mutually agree to do so.

What if the match does not seem to be working?

FSU’s Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) has a no-fault mentoring policy. The mentor and mentee must accept that the mentoring relationship is a professional one. The relationship between mentor and mentee requires honesty, time, and commitment at all times. At any point during the mentoring process, if the assigned match is not working out, for whatever reason, the mentee or the mentor should simply let the other party know, in a professional manner. OFD will review the request and recommend a new mentor or mentee.

What are some of the typical issues that mentors and mentees may discuss?
  • How does one establish an appropriate balance between teaching, research and committee work?
  • How does one become an effective teacher? How is teaching effectiveness evaluated?
  • What resources are available to help me enhance my teaching?
  • What are the criteria for research excellence? How are scholarly activities evaluated?
  • What are the criteria for tenure and promotion?
  • What are the expectations for committee work? Is it ever appropriate to say “no”?
Who can I contact for more information about this program?

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is coordinating this initiative. OFD is located in the Taylor Science Building, Room 201. The contact number is 910-672-1175.


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