Faculty Mentoring


College Peer Mentors

Appointed by the dean of each academic college, College Peer Mentors collaborate with the Assistant Provost for Faculty Development to advance the effectiveness and impact of faculty mentoring across the institution and within college contexts. College Peer Mentors create networking opportunities and organize college-specific professional development events.

Faculty Mentoring Resources

Review Faculty Mentoring Resources (PDF, 35KB) for mentored faculty (including all faculty, tenure-eligible faculty, and term faculty) as well as faculty mentors.

Faculty Mentor Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes the importance of supporting its faculty through mentoring. Guidance for faculty mentors about roles, responsibilities, and expectations (DOC, 26KB) as well as a Faculty Mentor Guide (DOC, 2MB) and workshops are available. The goal is to equip Faculty Mentors with needed information and tools to increase the impact of faculty mentoring and cultivate effective mentoring practices and optimize mentoring relationships.

Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awards

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. Mentors who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the success of their mentee(s) are eligible. 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 February 28.

Required Faculty Mentoring Program

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost recognizes the importance of supporting first-year, tenure-eligible faculty through mentoring. The goal is to ensure successful faculty reviews including preliminary/third-year, promotion, and tenure. In furtherance of this goal and our institutional Strategic Plan, this required Faculty Mentoring Program aims to increase faculty retention and success (e.g., promotion, sense of belonging, retention, developing future mentors and leaders).

Read more in this program overview (DOC, 36KB).

Faculty mentors and mentored faculty are asked to complete the Mentoring Agreement form (DOC,1.4MB).

Smile and Write

A free online program open to faculty and staff.

Join us this spring term 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. 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.

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 a variety of 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.

    2022-2023 schedule to be announced

    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



    Two colleagues having a conversation

    Smile and Write registration

    National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

    Activate your sub-membership (PDF, 376KB)


    Katharine Hensley
    Faculty Success Coordinator,

    Tera Jordan,
    Assistant Provost for Faculty Development,