Faculty Mentoring

Iowa State University offers a variety of mentoring programs for early career faculty.

Individual mentoring

Iowa State’s formal mentoring program pairs new tenure-eligible faculty members with senior colleagues, typically from the same department. Mentors provide guidance through the tenure process, with a particular focus on the formal third-year review.

The dynamics of the mentoring relationship are mutually agreed upon at the beginning of the first semester, and shared with college and department through a mentoring contract (DOC, 1.4MB).

Support for faculty mentors, including best practices, is shared at a fall workshop for first-year faculty and their mentors. Mentors who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the success of their mentee are eligible for the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award.

To acknowledge the critical role that faculty mentoring plays at our institution, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes colleagues who excel as mentors with our annual Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awards. This award seeks to recognize senior colleagues who have gone above and beyond the usual expectations of a mentor. 

If you would like to nominate your mentor for this award, please fill out the Nomination Form (PDF, 305KB) and email it to Cybox using this email address (exemplary@iastate.edu) by April 30.

College Peer Mentors, appointed by each dean, create networking opportunities and organizing college-specific professional development events.

Smile and Write

A free online program open to faculty and staff.

Join us this summer as we work to accomplish our writing goals together. We will leverage peer accountability to help provide you the space to work on projects, manuscripts, curriculum, etc. Additionally, Smile and Write is a way to connect with your peers during this time of continued remoteness. Putting these dates on your calendar and having the peer accountability is a way to carve out time for you and your career progression.

Smile and Write format:

  • Register ahead of time using the link highlighted below. Upon registration, you will be sent a zoom link to use for the session.
  • Once you have logged in, we ask that your video be turned on. Doing this helps to assure accountability and can keep us from distraction.
  • At the start of each session, we state our goals that we want to accomplish. At the end of each session we take a brief bit of time to share progress made towards those goals.


Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • May 11, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • May 25, 2021
  • June 1, 2021
  • June 8, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • June 22, 2021
  • June 29, 2021
  • July 6, 2021
  • August 3, 2021
  • August 10, 2021

Variable Dates and Times:

  • May 14, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • May 19, 2021: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • May 27, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • June 4, 2021: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • June 9, 2021: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • June 17, 2021: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • June 21, 2021: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • June 30, 2021: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • July 9, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • August 6, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • August 12, 2021: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Smile and Write registration link

Professional development programs

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost organizes a series of professional development workshops annually on time management, wellness, mentoring graduate students, and other topics. A special program on promotion and tenure includes a presentation on university policies, and small group discussions with senior colleagues and department chairs. Additional workshops on documenting and boosting research visibility/impact are offered in collaboration with the University Library.

Virtual mentoring through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Virtual mentoring is provided through Iowa State’s institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Resources include weekly “Monday Motivator” emails and monthly teleworkshops. Activate your sub-membership (PDF, 376KB).

Additional Resources



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Smile and Write registration

Professional Development Programs

To register for programs and events online: 

  1. Go to the Learn@ISU page
  2. Login using your ISU netID and password (top right)
  3. Select Course Catalogue from the menu (top left)
  4. Scroll to SVPP events
  5. Click List Events next to the event you would like to attend
  6. Select Enroll in the pop-up window - the event will be added to your Menu

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Activate your sub-membership (PDF, 376KB)



Katharine Hensley
Faculty Success Coordinator,