Skip to content Skip to navigation

Faculty Mentor Responsibilities

Department chairs should assign a more senior member of the faculty as mentor upon the appointment of each early career faculty member.

Schools and departments are expected to have policies and practices in place for providing mentoring to all pre-tenure tenure-line faculty members.


  1. Department chairs or deans or their delegates are expected to confer annually with each early career faculty member to provide counseling, i.e., feedback on his/her performance relative to the standards for reappointment or promotion. Senior faculty members assigned as mentors should be familiar with their department's policies and procedures concerning mentoring and counseling.

  2. In situations in which the initial mentor assignment is not successful, department chairs or deans should work with the early career faculty member to identify a suitable mentor.

  3. Mentors are expected to provide helpful guidance to the early career faculty member to whom they are assigned as a mentor on an ongoing basis, meeting at least annually with them.

Additional information about counseling and mentoring are:


Faculty Mentoring Programs at the Schools

Faculty Mentoring Programs outside of Stanford


  • Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. By Wendy Crone. Mogan & Claypool Publishers. 2010. FREE copy for new faculty through OFD. Request your free copy here.
  • Advice for New Faculty Members. By Robert Boice. Pearson. 2000.
  • Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition. Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 2006. FREE through OFD or online .
  • Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM. By Donna J. Dean. Springer. 2009.
  • The Academic Medicine Handbook: A Guide to Achievement and Fulfillment for Academic Faculty. Edited by Laura Weiss Roberts. Springer. 2013.
  • Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. By Richard Reis. IEEE Press and Wiley. 1996 and 2012.
  • At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator. By Kathy Barker. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 2002.
  • Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering: Proceedings of the PAESMEM/Stanford School of Engineering Workshop. 2005.
  • Coaching and Mentoring: How to Develop Talent and Achieve Stronger Performance.  By Harvard Business School Press.  2004.  (includes online tools)