While participation in the Program cannot guarantee tenure and promotion, it can be beneficial in navigating the tenure process and enhancing chances of career success. Pre-tenure faculty who participate in a mentoring program report that they experience higher levels of job satisfaction, greater academic productivity, and better student evaluations than non-participants. In short, the Faculty Mentoring Program is an opportunity for pre-tenure faculty to learn and find answers to the questions they may not even know to ask.
The Program can help mentees ease the transition previous institutions and graduate school to becoming a UM-Flint faculty member. Tenure-track positions can be disorienting to those accustomed to the formal advising structure and community environment of graduate programs. The Faculty Mentoring Program addresses this by helping new faculty to build a network of contacts, increase their connectedness to campus resources and opportunities, raise their visibility on campus, and integrate into the larger UM-Flint community. It also provides the opportunity to share strategies and build relationships with a cohort of pre-tenure faculty, as well as faculty tenured faculty who serve as mentors and advisors. Mentees gain nonjudgmental advice from tenured faculty outside of their departments who will not be evaluating them for promotion and tenure.
The application deadline for 2013-2014 has passed. Please check for news on the 2014-2015 program application.