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Overview: Mentoring of Early Career Faculty members at Stanford

Early career faculty members need and gain ongoing advice and support, and feedback concerning their scholarly work -- particularly research and teaching, along with clinical performance where applicable, and also advising, supervising, and mentoring students and staff, through their departments and schools at Stanford.

Schools are expected to have policies and practices to provide mentoring to early career faculty; given differences in academic disciplinary structures and cultures, these policies and practices vary across the university. In general, it is recommended that early career faculty be assigned mentors who are senior faculty members but not department chairs. This assigned mentor should be available to provide guidance on an ongoing basis and should meet at least annually with the early career faculty member. In situations in which the initial mentor assignment is not successful, department chairs or deans are advised to work with the early career faculty member to identify a more suitable mentor. Early career faculty are also encouraged to engage with multiple mentors, and to seek informal mentors from inside or outside their department who may share interests and provide additional perspectives.

Stanford provides a number of resources specifically aimed at assisting new and early career faculty members. The guidance here is geared particularly toward pre-tenure assistant and associate professors.