The traditional image of academic mentoring is of a long-term relationship between an experienced faculty member and a less experienced one in the same discipline—a relationship that may last for several years. And while those relationships still exist, mentoring has expanded to include:
Traditional mentoring refers to a one-on-one relationship with an experienced faculty member. Your department head can help you identify a mentor for a traditional mentoring relationship who can guide you through your early years.
To develop and maintain your network of peer mentors:
In group mentoring, one or two experienced faculty members mentor a group of mentees (Tansey & Enyeart, 2009). This usually occurs in a group meeting format, so everyone present has opportunities to ask questions and can gain value from the mentor(s).
Your department head will know if your College offers any group mentoring opportunities.
As you encounter different situations, you can draw on different resources for guidance and advice. While not all of these advisors may be true mentors, they are important elements of your mentoring network and can give you information and perspectives that you can share with peer mentoring partners. Some ad hoc mentors may be found within the following RIT Departments:
Individuals from outside of RIT who may act as ad hoc mentors include:
As you build your mentoring network, be sure to seek out support from multiple sources and devote energy to those relationships that prove to be valuable.
UFAST (Untenured Faculty Accelerated Scholarship Team)
Faculty in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science (MMET/PS) have developed a variation of the peer mentoring model called UFAST (Untenured Faculty Accelerated Scholarship Team). In UFAST, a group of peers share and commonly track research, scholarship, and grant-related activities and projects for everyone in the group. The group holds regular meetings that enable members to learn from each other. Because this peer mentoring network focused on expectations for scholarly performance, the meetings keep members on track.
You can learn more about UFAST in this paper:
Garrick, Robert, Scott Anson, Mario Castro-Cedeno, Elizabeth Dell, Christopher Greene, Carol Romanowski, Michael Slifka, Larry Villasmil, and James Lee. "UFAST - Practical advice for accelerating new faculty scholarship." ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2010.