Faculty Responsibilities in Mentoring Relationships
Upon appointment, each junior faculty member should be assigned a more senior member of the faculty as mentor. The assignment is to be made by the Department Chair. Additionally, department chairs, deans or their delegates should confer annually with each junior faculty member to provide counseling, i.e., feedback on his/her performance relative to the standards for reappointment or promotion.
Schools and departments are expected to have policies and practices for providing mentoring to all junior faculty.
Department chairs or deans or their delegates should confer annually with each junior faculty member to provide counseling, i.e., feedback on his/her performance relative to the standards for reappointment or promotion.
During the counseling session with junior faculty, the comparative and predictive aspects of the tenure or promotion decision should be stressed.
It is recommended mentors who are senior faculty members be other than the junior faculty's department chairs. In situations in which the initial mentor assignment is not successful, department chairs or deans should work with the junior faculty member to identify a suitable mentor.
Mentors should provide guidance on an ongoing basis and should meet at least annually with their junior faculty mentees.
- Junior faculty should also be encouraged to seek informal mentors from inside or outside their departments who may share interests and provide additional perspectives. Stanford provides a number of resources specifically aimed at assisting new and junior faculty. Read More
Additional information about counseling and mentoring are:
Faculty Mentoring Programs at the Schools
- School of Earth Sciences Faculty Mentoring Program
- Pediatric Mentoring Program, School of Medicine
Faculty Mentoring Programs outside of Stanford
- Career Development Award Toolkit-- This virtual resource center through the Palo Alto VA provides helpful information on fostering great mentorship. The site offers extensive access and resources for mentors and mentees.
- NEW! National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nation-wide cosortium, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, that offers a plethora of training and opportunities to connect for mentors and mentees in the biosciences.
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity-- Stanford faculty have access to the mentor network of alums of the NCFDD's Faculty Success Program and other resources.
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