Faculty need a host of mentors/advocates/coaches/peers/colleagues to ensure their professional success. UD’s Vice Provost for Diversity supports informal mentoring through an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and UD’s Faculty Accountability Program.
UD ADVANCE works with deans and chairs to support formal mentoring within departments. Under this program, faculty are assigned a mentor (or mentors) from within their department to help them navigate departmental, college, and university policies and practices. The formal mentoring program was first developed under UD’s ADVANCE PAID grant (2008-2013) in the College of Engineering and the natural sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences. We are now working with the ADVANCE Faculty Fellows and members of the Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to extend formal mentoring across campus for assistant and associate professors.