In 2006, we instituted the Junior Faculty Mentoring Program. All junior faculty are invited to apply in the fall. The program is now named TEMPO, for Trusted, Experienced Mentors Promoting Others.
We begin with a workshop for prospective mentees focused on how to find an appropriate mentor. The mentees then seek out a senior faculty member to serve as a mentor. A list of interested senior faculty members and other assistance is provided to ensure a successful match. Mentoring pairs then meet for a program kick-off luncheon.
The mentoring pairs commit to meeting at least 4 times during the year, and to work on a project, e.g. grant proposal, course curriculum, improved communication skills, work-life balance.
Participants report that this relationship has been extremely helpful and important to their growth. The opportunity to meet other junior faculty members is also valued.
Here are some links to useful guides to being a good mentee/mentor:
- Handbook on Faculty Mentoring (University of Ottawa)
- Mentoring for Research Part II, Richard Cross, PhD, (April 24, 2006) >
- "Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Research Faculty" (University of Michigan)