Faculty Mentor Program Orientations

Faculty Mentor Program Orientations
Tuesday, September 17 at MMC, AHC-4, Rm 402, 3:30-5pm
Wednesday, September 18 at MMC, AHC-4, Rm 402, 3:30-5pm
Thursday, September 19 at CEC, EC 2300, 3:30-5pm

Detailed Evaluation Results for Faculty Mentor Program Orientations

38 of the 65 faculty that attended completed evaluations (24 women, 14 men).

In its third year, the Faculty Mentor Program is, sponsored by the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Computing and Public Health & Social Work, in partnership with the Division of Research.

Currently, the Faculty Mentor Program has paired 49 interested Assistant Professor mentees with 46 Associate or Full Professor mentors in CAS, CEC and PHSW. Mentees were paired with mentors from different departments to complement current within-department mentoring relationships. Pairs were matched based on shared research interests or disciplinary demands to the extent possible given the pool of volunteers. Participants in the 2013-2014 Faculty Mentor Program represent all departments.

Each mentee was paired with someone outside her or his department but in a related research area, and pairs hope to meet at least twice each semester.

Results from the combined workshop evaluations showed that that faculty agreed the session was able to teach them about the program, introduce pairs and they were able to set goals with their partners. The participants also agreed that the session allowed them to get and give useful suggestions towards making goal progress with their mentor or mentee.

Faculty responded that they learned to "provide a specific structure and plan," "as a mentee to be proactive" and to "set reasonable goals". Suggestions for future workshops included having "more representation from social sciences and humanities," and giving "more time for pairs to work on mentoring objectives and short-term goals."

Overall, faculty found the Orientation Workshops to be "a big relief and a psychological boost to know that new faculty were thought about," and "the orientation has made them more excited." One participant noted "this is a good program to bring everybody from their silos to re-align their goals and work toward overall development."

Questions & Responses

The Mentor Orientation to learn about the program, introduce pairs and set goals lived up to my expectations.
N=36 Mean=5.56 SD=0.56 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6 (strongly agree)

The session allowed me to get or give useful suggestions towards making goal progress.
N=36 Mean=5.56 SD=0.61 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in the session.
N=36 Mean=5.69 SD=0.52 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give an example of at least one thing you learned and will definitely take from the Mentor Orientation to use this academic year.
- Mentors from different areas and backgrounds are encouraged.
- Mentee should take the lead.
- Good mentor talk and mentee talk.
- Ask my mentee questions.
- Mini-goals-set super small goals which are easily achievable.
- Very dynamic assistant professors in stat and comp science! My own mentee did not make it.
- To establish a structured set of goals on the mentor/mentee relationship.
- I learned about priorities and time allocation.
- As a mentee be proactive!
- Providing a specific structure and plan.
- Mentor slides- points about being a good mentor.
- Be assertive and productive in the mentor-mentee relationships.
- How to set short term goals that I can meet.
- Set reasonable goals.
- Short term goals need to be realistic. Importance of stepping away from work sometimes.
- Mentees need to be proactive!
- There are a lot of issues and questions that I have that are very common. This program will really help me with these issues.
- Importance of mentoring for success.
- Be active in the mentee/mentor relationship.
- I was glad to have the mentor advice and the speaker mention that criteria for tenure and promotion is variable and should be at a good institution.
- A good mentor/mentee relationship takes work, but earns rewards.
- The two presentations were extremely valuable. The importance of a structured mentoring relationship was one vital point I took away.
- Narrow focus on short term goals to one achievable item at a time!
- Use mentor more efficiently.
- Get connected with as many people in the field of interest.
- I learned about some of the workshops, events, and opportunities available for new faculty.
- Several assistant professors need a lot of help in planning their activities to strike a balance between teaching and research.
- The importance of effective time-management and examining the idea of urgency and importance.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this session?
- Put out some inputs on tenure goals and expectations from the provost office.
- No!
- No, it was perfect.
- I think some discussion of "co-learning" in our relationships is important to provide a less hierarchical framework.
- Much of the presentations was from the perspective of a scientist; different challenges for humanities.
- Too much social interaction for time allotted.
- No.
- Shorter introductions?
- More representation from social sciences and humanities. Could be luck of the draw.
- I think we could have had an additional 5-10 minutes to converse with our mentors.
- No.
- More time to interact with mentors
- More time for pairs to work on mentoring objectives and short-term goals (though I realize it's challenging if mentors and their assigned mentees don't attend the same session)
- I felt like we needed more time for discussion. Right when we were getting into an issue both as a full group and as individual pairs we got cut off to move to a different topic.

General Comments about this Faculty Mentor Program Orientation?
- I enjoy the introductions of your mentor or mentee.
- Great! Help is more than welcome for junior faculty.
- Great workshop, always helpful.
- Very nice. Great view!
- It is a big relief to have this program. It is just a psychological boost to know that new faculty were thought about - important to know.
- Interesting and helpful!
- It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to the mentor and make specific goals.
- Great!
- Thank you for this program. I think it is something from which I can benefit.
- Love the program - now in my 4th year as a mentee!
- Thank you!
- I am very excited about participating and the orientation has made me more excited.
- Much appreciated.
- Very nice session.
- Very valuable resource for incoming faculty.
- I liked the semi-formal presentation this year, especially Kelly's on the mentor side.
- This is a good program to bring everybody from their silos to re-align their goals and work toward overall development.
- It is an excellent program which all assistant professors should make use of.
- I really thought that the time spent in group discussions about recommendations for new faculty members were extremely helpful and I would have liked to continue some of those discussions but time-limitations cut them off. I appreciated the advice of the mentors collectively as a whole as well as our specific mentors.