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Destination Intersession 2015

Once again FCDS collaborated with partners across the university to provide workshops, panel discussions, and presentations to enrich and re-energize faculty.  You can still view the Destination Intersession Schedule here to see the many events including the Tiger Talks Faculty Showcase, where faculty, staff, alumni , grad students, and regional college faculty enjoyed 17 presentations and networked throughout the day.  If you missed Destination Intersession this year, don’t miss the opportunities to enlarge your world of knowledge in January 2016!

Roles in Faculty Mentoring | Faculty Mentoring

Overview of Faculty Mentoring

Printable Mentoring Brochures (PDF):

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).

Faculty Mentoring Roles

Mentees

  • Openly seek advice from mentors.
  • Clarify expectations from dean, department heads, and current mentors.
  • Obtain current tenure and promotion guidelines from the dean’s office in your College.
  • Willingly participate in developmental activities.
  • Form an individual mentoring network.

Mentors

  • Help less experienced faculty members (mentees) develop in specified capacities (teaching, research, scholarship, service, etc.).
  • Provide career advancement advice.
  • Offer support.

Department Heads or Immediate Supervisors

  • Provide a comprehensive orientation for new faculty.
  • Identify individuals to serve as mentors.
  • Help match mentees with mentors.
  • Manage Plans of Work to reflect mentoring-related activities and responsibilities.
  • Provide performance feedback and guidance to faculty.

Provost and Deans

  • Through the shared governance model, administer and interpret guidelines for tenure.
  • Set guidelines for scholarly productivity.
  • Establish a set of rewards and accountability measures to ensure that mentoring remains a priority.