Resources on Faculty Mentoring

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Faculty Mentoring  

This web page provides resources on faculty mentoring for those new to this topic as well as those already involved in a mentoring program. MSU resources and general resources covering a range of issues are followed by mentoring resources for specific academic areas and faculty members. Links are given for extensive bibliographies and mentoring programs at higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. This page will be updated and revised as new material for mentoring appears online.   

MSU Resources on Faculty Mentoring 
General Resources on Faculty Mentoring
Mentoring in the Health Professions, Sciences, and Technology 
Mentoring Women Faculty 
Mentoring Minority Faculty 


MSU Resources on Faculty Mentoring

College of Human Medicine Faculty Mentoring Programs, MSU.
This site provides information on the two mentoring programs of the College of Human Medicine:  the Tenure System Mentoring Program and the new Clinician Educator Mentoring Program (CEMP) with its first cohort for 2014-2015.

Resources on Leadership, MSU Office of Faculty & Organizational Development.
Provides links to a wide range of materials on leadership development, including organizations, projects, and fully annotated lists of journals, periodicals, articles, and books.

PowerPoints from 4/22/15 Effective Faculty Mentoring LEAD


General Resources on Faculty Mentoring

Resources on Faculty Mentoring, University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
This site provides a wide range of resources on faculty mentoring. Although links to most articles require U of M authentication, the annotated bibliographies themselves provide valuable information. Includes links to websites of eleven institutional mentoring programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, many of which offer downloadable materials and other mentoring resources. See also the section under “Bibliography” with direct online links to faculty mentoring articles and websites.

Mentoring New Faculty: Advice to Department Chairs,” Marjorie Olmstead, University of Washington. Committee on the Status of Women in Physics Gazette, 13 (1), August 1993.
Based on her personal experience and data gathered from other new faculty members, the author outlines numerous ways a department chair can mentor new faculty members to increase their chances of success. Organized into four basic categories: promotion and tenure, resources, feedback, and reduced impediments.

Faculty Mentoring Program at Washington State University.
This site offers faculty mentoring guidelines and sample mentoring programs for the School of Architecture, College of Education, Institute of Biological Chemistry, and Department of Sociology.

Arizona State University Online Resources for Mentoring.
A large site with links to mentoring resources for chairs, faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students, women, minorities, international students, and a broad range of academic fields.


Mentoring in the Health Professions, Sciences, and Technology

ADVANCE STEM Faculty Mentoring Program, New Mexico State University.
A mentoring program for faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Description of the program plus links to worksheets, agreements, training materials, and other useful resources.

Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists,” Jo Handelsman, Christine Pfund, Sarah Miller Lauffer, Christine Maidl Pribbenow. The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Program. Adobe Acrobat/PDF.
An extensive, detailed guidebook for directing a seminar that provides mentors with a framework for mentoring while encouraging them to develop their own personal style and philosophy of mentoring. Contains syllabus, session descriptions, materials, and evaluation forms. Could also serve as a useful guide for an individual in any field wishing to develop effective mentoring skills.

The Merits of Training Mentors,” Christine Pfund, Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Janet Branchaw, Sarah Miller Lauffer, Jo Handelsman. In Science 311 (5760): 473-474. Adobe Acrobat/PDF.
This article presents a rationale for a mentor training program in the sciences and discusses the implementation and evalulation of the Wisconsin Mentoring Seminar.

Making the Right Moves from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
This guidebook for postdocs and new faculty has some chapters relevant to mentoring in lab settings.

Research Mentor Training, a site housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
An extensive site providing pre-made research mentor curriculum materials as well as the ability to build your own in a number of STEM disciplines, plus psychology.

Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Guide
A comprehensive handbook covering information for mentor, mentee, and departments/divisions. May be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file.

Handbook on Faculty Mentoring, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.
Provides some basic concepts about the mentoring process and then focuses on the “nuts and bolts” of getting a mentoring relationship going and maintaining it successfully.

Mentoring for Women and Underrepresented Minority Faculty and Students: Experience at Two Institutions of Higher Education,” Omofolasade Kosoko-Lasaki, Roberta E. Sonnino, and Mary Lou Voytko, Omaha , Nebraska and Winston-Salem , North Carolina . Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 98, No. 9, September 2006.
Describes and analyzes data from mentoring programs for women and minorities at Creighton University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Concludes that “specific mentoring is required at all levels of academia to ensure the success of women and minorities in their careers.”

See also the MSU College of Human Medicine Faculty Mentoring Program listed above under MSU Resources on Faculty Mentoring.


Mentoring Women Faculty

Women Faculty Mentoring Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Describes the program, encourages participation, and provides such information as the roles of the mentor and mentee.

American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network.
Dedicated to the advancement of women into academic leadership positions, this organization offers programs; resources; networking opportunities; support; and NetworkNews, a monthly newsletter.

HERS Higher Education Resource Services.
An educational non-profit organization, HERS provides leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Offers HERS Institutes as month-long summer programs or multiple weekends during the academic year, as well as other activities, including a HERS South Africa Program.

Supporting Women and Minority Faculty,” JoAnn Moody. Academe, Vol. 90, No. 1, January-February, 2004.
A set of recommendations for departments, colleges, and campuses in preparing for and promoting success for women and minority new hires. Discusses the importance of mentors from within and outside the department as part of a comprehensive recruitment and retention program. This article is now available on JSTOR or for a fee at the URL below.

See also MentorNet listed below under e-mentoring.


Mentoring Minority Faculty

Mentoring and Diversity,” Linda Phillips-Jones, Emory University.
A list of fourteen best practices in “mentoring across differences,” compiled from “The Truth about Mentoring Minorities: Race Matters,” David A. Thomas, Harvard Business Review: 99-107, April 2001.

Best and Worst Practices in Mentoring ‘Minority’ Faculty,” James B. Stewart, April 4, 2006 , Penn State University Diversity Strategic Planning Workshop
In this PowerPoint presentation, the questions a minority faculty member might bring to a senior faculty mentor are addressed with a list of possible “best practices” responses.

American Council on Education.
This Center provides publications, programs, and conferences designed to improve the opportunities in higher education for minority students, faculty, and administrators.

See also “Supporting Women and Minority Faculty” by JoAnn Moody in the section above and MentorNet listed below under e-mentoring.



MentorNet: The E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science.
This site sponsors one-on-one mentoring in the sciences and engineering to promote success for women and underrepresented groups. Free membership offers participation in web-based discussion groups, resources and links, a monthly newsletter, and a resume database for students at participating colleges and universities. Members can also register to become a mentor or protégé.

Tele-Mentoring over the Net, sponsored by the International Education and Resource Network
Although this site is aimed at students, teachers, and pre-service teachers in the schools, many links and examples of tele-mentoring projects can have applications in higher education. Divides tele-mentoring programs into three types, providing online resources for each: mentor experts, tele-mentor pairs, and tele-mentor partnerships.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology Mentoring Service
An e-mentorship site with names, schools, telephone numbers, and email addresses of several dozen psychology faculty willing to communicate with colleagues over topics, methods, issues, and specific courses in Psychology.