CAS Faculty Mentoring
Based on considerable research demonstrating mentoring in the workplace increases job satisfaction, institutional commitment, and rates of promotion and retention, and decreases work conflict, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly endorses intramural mentoring for all faculty, both tenure-track and non-tenure-track.
Promotion guidance committees consisting of three senior colleagues within the unit are recommended for all tenure-track assistant professors. These committees shall meet at least once annually (typically before the progress-towards-tenure review each spring) to provide feedback to the assistant professor regarding progress towards tenure and promotion.
A similar committee meeting (or a meeting with all full professors in the unit) is recommended for all tenured associate professors to provide annual feedback on progress towards promotion.
For clinical-track assistant professors and full-time instructors, an annual meeting with a similar mentoring committee is highly recommended. If there are too few faculty in the unit to provide mentoring, the unit chair or director should consult with CAS Associate Deans for Faculty Development for assistance in identifying appropriate faculty mentors in other CAS units. The associate deans are also available to provide mentoring to individual faculty.
Annual mentoring meetings should be focused primarily on progress regarding specific criteria relevant to promotion in the unit and in the college. Both mentees and mentors should review the criteria before and during each meeting.