Faculty Mentor Program Orientations


Detailed Evaluation Results for Faculty Mentor Program Orientations

41 of the 55 faculty that attended completed evaluations.

In its fifth year, the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) is sponsored by the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Engineering & Computing, and Public Health & Social Work, in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Currently, the Faculty Mentor Program has paired interested Assistant Professor mentees with Associate or Full Professor mentors. 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.

Each mentee should arrange a meeting with their mentor at least twice a semester. Meetings can be one-on-one or at one of the FMP events.

Results from the combined workshop evaluations showed that the faculty agreed the session was able to help them understand the roles and responsibilities of being a mentor or mentee. The session also introduced pairs and they were able to set goals together.

Faculty responded that they learned about "the most effective track for career advancement to Associate Professor," "educational research ideas" and that "other faculty across disciplines have similar interests" Suggestions for the workshop included having a "more specific training on proposals" and "more time for mentor-mentee interaction."

Questions & Responses

The Mentor Orientation to learn about the program, introduce pairs, and set goals lived up to my expectations.
N=40 Mean=4.60 SD=0.78 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

This session allowed me to understand the responsibilities and roles of being a mentor or mentee.
N=41 Mean=4.56 SD=0.81 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this session.
N=40 Mean=4.70 SD=0.72 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (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.

  • Though I have bought out of teaching, I should teach a couple classes to help with tenure.
  • Networking.
  • Materials look helpful, I need to digest them.
  • Spent time with mentee, discussed teaching, research, collaborations. Excellent.
  • Learned about most effective track for career advancement to associate professor.
  • Strategy for NIH K-awards.
  • Collaborating with my mentee.
  • Networking.
  • I learned what I have in common with other faculty.
  • Education research ideas.
  • Networking ideas!
  • Connected with other new faculty.
  • My mentor is a good match.
  • I believe that I can achieve my short term and long term goals.
  • What and how mentoring program helps.
  • FIU + HWCOM politics.
  • Specific advice for managing teaching vs grants vs publications.
  • I really liked the networking exercise!
  • I loved network.
  • Other faculty across disciplines having similar interests.
  • Focus on research and networking.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this session?

  • No.
  • N/A
  • Yes, it was a bit unfocused.
  • It is an excellent program.
  • Could be longer-spend more time with 1:1 meetings.
  • More time for mentor-mentee interaction.
  • More specific training on proposals.
  • No, great chance to meet new people.
  • Discuss mentor/mentee roles in context of tenure process specifically.
  • Excellent session.
  • Having mentor here would be helpful but still worthwhile.

Is there an area of interest you would like to learn more about?

  • Collaborations across disciplines.
  • Grant funding.
  • Clinical research opportunities.
  • Research networking on campus.
  • Promotion for instructors.
  • Tenure and promotion policies.
  • Educational research.
  • Grants.
  • Tenure and 3rd year review.
  • Faculty in psychology.
  • FIU and HWCOM politics.
  • Research funding and networking.
  • Administration later on - I am curious though.