Mentoring
An academic culture that promotes mentoring strengthens all involved:  early career faculty are strengthened in their career and social development, mid-career faculty receive and provide useful guidance and are, in turn, invigorated through the process of mentoring others, and senior faculty are honored for all they have to contribute to the academic enterprise.  Mentoring, in its varied forms, creates a more humane and productive environment in which we all can thrive.
~ Susan R. Johnson, former Associate Provost for Faculty

Faculty Mentoring Resources

Historically, mentoring has served an essential role in faculty development.  The literature demonstrates, for example, that faculty involved in mentoring relationships are more likely to have access to important career opportunities and networks. Teaching and research improve, as do job satisfaction and a sense of organizational belonging.  While mentoring is especially important in a faculty member’s early career development, the engagement of collegial peer learning, advising, and mentoring can strengthen faculty leadership through all career stages.

University of Iowa Faculty Mentoring Programs

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  • Tippie College of Business. The College supports a formal but voluntary mentoring program for probationary tenure track faculty members with fewer than three years of full-time experience.
  • College of Dentistry. For more information about the College of Dentistry Junior Faculty Seminar Series, contact Dr. Galen Schneider, Executive Associate Dean.
  • College of Education. The College of Education holds a New Faculty Orientation at the beginning of fall semester for new hires.  New faculty meet as a group with the Deans and DEOs to discuss key policies and procedures and to learn about the different programs in the College.  A tour of the College introduces faculty to staff in the main departments.  New faculty are introduced to the College as a whole at the Faculty and Staff Meeting and picnic lunch the following day.

    The College provides mentoring to the New Faculty Group, which includes faculty in their first three years.  The College arranges informational sessions several times each semester on topics such as services available in the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services, library orientation, grant services and funding opportunities, grant management, promotion and tenure, annual reviews, Old Gold Summer Fellowships, handling difficult students, managing graduate assistants and advising, understanding faculty benefits, working with staff, etc.  There is a social gathering each semester for this group to strengthen cross-departmental connections.

    With some variation by department, mentoring relationships are established for new faculty by matching them with senior faculty members with similar research interests, and/or by identifying individuals in the College who match the personal characteristics and type of support the new faculty member seeks.  Mentoring on policies and procedures is provided by DEOs and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs.
  • College of Engineering Faculty Mentor Program. The main purpose of the mentor program is to provide unofficial, informal, and confidential assistance and suggestions to tenure-track faculty members. The program can include, but is not limited to, matters concerning students such as advising, grading policies, office hours, and use of TAs and RAs; providing information on publishing and funding environments; reading and critiquing grant proposals and journal articles; and College and Department dynamics.
  • College of Law. The College of Law provides both formal and informal mentoring.  In consultation with the Dean, the pre-tenure faculty member formally chooses a tenured  person  as a mentor, and that person must be agreeable to accepting the responsibility throughout the pre-tenure period.  The mentor provides advice  in a nonevaluative fashion concerning various aspects of the  teaching, scholarship and service missions.  Informally, many colleagues  may provide  additional assistance.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Overview of Mentoring Programs. The primary responsibility for mentoring faculty rests with departments. Because of the great breadth and variety of programs within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, each department has flexibility in developing mentoring programs that will work for its faculty, given its size and discipline. Several large departments have very structured programs that are formally linked to the promotion and tenure process; others have simpler formal programs that may or may not play a role in reviewing faculty. For more information, contact Executive Associate Dean Raśl Curto.
  • Carver College of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Program. For optimum effectiveness, faculty mentoring must be instituted at the departmental level. Each department is encouraged to structure a faculty mentoring system that fits the particular needs of the faculty and department. The Office of Faculty Affairs can assist departments in this effort by providing guidance on the development of a successful mentoring program, resources on successful mentoring, and other assistance as needed.  The website includes several resources, including the CCOM’s "A Practical Guide to Mentoring."  
  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program (CIC-ALP) . Established in 1987, the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) is designed to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on CIC campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. For more information, contact Tom Rice, associate provost for faculty.
  • Office of the Provost Faculty Development Programs. Numerous programs and organizations provide support and mentoring to faculty at The University of Iowa through the Office of the Provost Office of Faculty Development.  Faculty development programs are available at all career stages (i.e., early career, mid-career, and emeriti), and programs range from resources, workshops, leadership opportunities, organizations, and development grants. The New Faculty Newsletter provides useful tips for early career faculty and faculty new to The University of Iowa.
  • University of Iowa Mentoring Task Force Report, The (2006). 
  • University of Iowa Press. The editors at the University of Iowa Press are pleased to advise new University of Iowa faculty about the world of university press publishing, from the initial query letter to the final contract.

Other campus organizations that offer informal mentoring and networking opportunities include:

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Resources at Other Institutions

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