CLASS Faculty Mentoring Program

Guidelines  ♦  Suggested Activities


  1. A chair or co-chairs of the New Faculty Mentoring program (NFM) will be appointed by the college Dean.
  2. All tenure-track faculty and full-time faculty not on the tenure track (e.g., Instructors and Visiting Faculty) will participate in the New Faculty mentoring program.
  3. New Faculty/Mentee pairings will be in place for the first three years of the New Faculty member’s appointment.
  4. Mentees will be asked by the NFM Chair to provide a mentor name to the college by the end of the third week of the first semester of their academic appointment. This list will be maintained by the Dean of CLASS, as well as the NFM co-chairs.
  5. A list of suggested activities will be distributed to both mentors and mentees annually, and this list will be maintained on the CLASS website.
  6. An anonymous survey will be distributed at the end of the academic year asking both mentors and mentees to report on their experiences with the NFM program.
  7. An end of the year reception for mentors and mentees will be hosted by CLASS, and mentors will receive a certificate of appreciation for their service to this program.

Dr. Charlotte Rich
Dr. Steffen Wilson

Suggested Activities for Mentors and Mentees

Below is a list of possible activities for Mentors and Mentees in the CLASS New Faculty Mentoring Program. You are not obligated to perform all of these tasks, nor are you limited to only the activities on this list. We encourage you to make your particular mentor/mentee relationship a mutually beneficial experience and to tailor it to the specific needs of each person and department. If you have any questions or need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us at and

Suggested activities:

  • Meet at least twice a semester to discuss current teaching, research, and service activities, review departmental P&T criteria, and address any questions or areas of concern.
    • Mentees, you are encouraged to seek advice from your mentor on areas of concern as they arise.
    • Mentors, you are encouraged to explain how you manage portions of your career such as balancing teaching, research, and service and maintaining documentation for P&T materials.
  • Review and provide feedback on annual evaluation materials prior to submission to the departmental committee.
  • Review and provide feedback on annual Professional Development Plan prior to submission to the department committee.
  • Attend professional development activities together such as TLC presentations, and discuss how each of you might incorporate the information learned into your courses.
  • Mentors, make mentee aware of resources and opportunities in department, college, and university such as stipends for travel to conferences, Faculty Development Grants, and study abroad teaching options.
  • Mentors, help mentee to understand routine department policies and procedures.