Faculty Mentoring Program

The Faculty Mentoring Program at the University of Michigan-Flint assists tenure-track faculty in their academic career development through the guidance and support of experienced faculty members who serve as role models, advisors, and mentors. It is organized with a two-tiered structure: one-on-one teams of tenured and pre-tenure faculty and group programs for all mentors and mentees.

One-on-one pairings: Mentors (tenured faculty) will be paired with at least one mentee (pre-tenure faculty in their first, second and third years at UM-Flint). These mentor-mentee teams will meet regularly to establish a supportive and successful professional relationship that is tailored to each mentee’s needs and to the mentor’s expertise and experience. Mentees and mentors from the same department will not be paired with one another with the hope that safe, nonjudgmental insights can be shared among faculty who will not be evaluating one another for promotion and tenure.

Group programs: Interactive group mentoring sessions and workshops will provide opportunities for program participants to dialogue with peers, exchange ideas, pose questions, and address concerns about how to achieve career goals and develop professionally as well as personally. In addition, the Faculty Mentoring Program offers these two related activities for participants:

The Mentor Network: Each year a list of each mentor’s particular mentoring interests will be created so that mentees with particular concerns can contact tenured faculty with particular interest in that area. By making use of the reservoir of mentors’ expertise, the Mentor Network supplements the one-on-one mentoring and group programs by enabling mentees to seek out the kind of information they want most.

Mentor orientation and development: Mentors attend meetings that focus on training and resources for mentoring, establishing parameters of the mentor-mentee relationship, introducing best practices for mentoring, offering opportunities for mentors to reflect on their own mentoring practices, and sharing successes and challenges in their mentoring.