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Faculty Mentoring - Overview

A Message from the Provost

In many colleges and universities, as in many professions, mentors—experienced individuals who know the profession and the university, and are invested in a protégé’s success—help orient and integrate new faculty.  Read More

RIT is committed to providing mentoring for all faculty by helping them build a constellation or network of mentors. Mentoring exists in many forms throughout RIT, and faculty members are constantly devising new avenues to find and act as mentors.

Mentoring is not just for new faculty. All faculty members can benefit from purposefully developing a network of contacts and advisors who can help them navigate different phases of their careers. Senior faculty who act as mentors find they are reinvigorated by working closely with newer faculty and supporting their success.

As mentoring networks grow throughout RIT, we expect all faculty to develop knowledge, skills and relationships that will help them throughout their careers. I look forward to your participation in this important initiative.

Dr. Jeremy Haefner
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mentoring has long been recognized as an effective method for new faculty to learn the basic knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors for teaching and especially for learning about institution-specific norms.
(Ensher, Thomas and Murphy, 2001)

A mentoring network is based on the premise that no single individual possesses all of the experience and expertise that a new faculty member needs to plan and develop a successful career. New faculty at RIT are encouraged to also develop a constellation of “mentoring partners” who assist each other in nonhierarchical, collaborative partnerships - each contributing according to her/his own knowledge and experience. This mentoring model can be both broader and more flexible than the traditional model, able to provide "just in time" advice and guidance.
(Sorcinelli and Yun, 2007)