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 Achievement 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. Read the Faculty Handbook statement on formal mentoring here.
Resources to support formal mentoring
Each department is different, with its own characteristics, culture, and mentoring needs. Please consider the below resources templates that should be modified to meet the needs of your department.
- Slides on Formal Mentoring from March 2019 Provost’s Chairs’ Workshop (May be useful for faculty working on mentoring plans)
- Template Framework for Formal Mentoring (helpful for departments developing mentoring plans)
- Suggested Mentoring Topics–STEM focused (1-page formatted PDF)
- Suggested Mentoring Topics–STEM focused (Word document)
- Suggested Mentoring Topics–Humanities focused (English Dept)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Formal Mentoring
UD Policy Information for Formal Mentors
- Family-friendly policies for faculty
- Faculty Handbook
- Collective Bargaining Agreement
- Provost’s Office
Resources for Associate Professors