As a result of the success of the NSF ADVANCE grant's Faculty Mentoring Program for Women, the university developed the Collaborative Faculty Mentoring Program (CFMP) that started in August of 2008. The reasons for organizing a mentoring program for new faculty are very clear. Boice (2000) presented research indicating that faculty who do not receive mentoring leave campus early or are terminated, while this happened very infrequently to faculty who received mentoring. Earlier studies indicated that new faculty who were mentored attained above average student evaluations by their second semester at higher rates than those who were not mentored. Data also shows that mentoring leads to better understanding of campus politics, greater research productivity, better teaching and leadership performance, and improved career success.
The following links open various documents Protege and Mentors in program use to prepare for a mentoring relationship. Should you be interested in finding a mentor, or being a mentor, you are strongly encourage to take some time to read and work through the exercises contained in these documents to gain a common understanding of mentoring.
The last link takes you to the Mentoring Handbook the Provost's Office at SUNY Albany developed. It contains valuable information and suggestions on building a mentoring program in departments and colleges. Individual faculty should read this handbook before embarking on building their personal mentoring program or motivating their unit to do so.
*The Collaborative Faculty Mentoring Program is not intended to replace existing departmental mentoring efforts. Rather, it offers additional information and resources that build upon the work of mentoring relationships developed and nurtured within departments. The program is sponsored by CETaL.