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 tenured faculty who serve as role models, advisors, and mentors. Organized in a two-tier structure, the program includes one-on-one teams of tenured and pre-tenure faculty in addition to group programs for all participants.
One-on-one pairings: Mentees (pre-tenured first, second and third-year faculty) will be paired with Mentors (tenured faculty) and will meet regularly to establish a supportive and successful professional relationship that is tailored to each mentee's needs and to their mentor's expertise and experience. Mentees will not be paired with mentors from their own academic department, to encourage safe, nonjudgmental feedback among faculty who will not be involved in one another’s promotion and tenure review process.
Group programs: Interactive group mentoring sessions and workshops provide opportunities for program participants to dialogue with peers, exchange ideas, pose questions, and address concerns on career goals and personal and professional development. In addition, the Faculty Mentoring Program offers these two related activities for participants:
The Mentor Network: Mentees will be provided with information on mentors’ particular interests so that mentees and tenured faculty with shared interests can connect. This reservoir of mentors’ expertise enables mentees to seek out the information they most need, supplementing one-on-one mentoring and group programs.
Mentor orientation and development: Mentors receive training[AS1] and resources that emphasize establishing mentor-mentee relationship parameters and mentoring best practices, and have the opportunity to reflect on their own mentoring experiences and share successes and challenges with other mentors.