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 Mentor Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations

Review Faculty Mentor Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations (DOC, 33KB) to learn more and cultivate an effective faculty mentoring relationship.

Mentoring faculty is important for the future success of our disciplines, our colleagues, and ourselves. Mentoring faculty provides a rewarding partnership for innovation, networking, communication, mutual trust, and continuous learning for both the mentor and mentored faculty.  Through mentoring, we focus on the mentored faculty’s goals through shared experiences, expertise, skills, and advice to assist faculty acclimation to the work environment and guidance for their career path. Whether a formal or informal mentor, we need to have current knowledge of university, department, and academic discipline advancement policies and expectations. We are members of a university community to gain knowledge, and mentoring workshops and seminars are important resources for building successful mentoring relationships.

–Dr. Claire Andreasen, University Professor, Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty Mentor Guide (DOC, 2 MB)

Dear Faculty Mentor series

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Dear Faculty Mentor series includes workshop sessions for faculty mentors. The goal is to orient and equip faculty mentors with needed information and tools to increase their mentoring impact and effectiveness. Faculty mentors will engage in collaborative learning and cultivate their awareness of effective mentoring practices. 

Learn more in this Dear Faculty Mentor workshop series flyer (PDF, 76KB)

Workshop schedule and topics:

  • September 23, 2021: Session 1: What's New? New Institutional Model and Promotion, Tenure, and Advancement, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 3580 (Gallery), Memorial Union. 
    • Tera Jordan, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development
    • Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty
  • October 11, 2021: Session 2: Faculty Well-Being and Community, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union. 
    • Stephanie Downs, Wellness Coordinator
    • Margo Foreman, Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Andrea Little, Associate Director of University Human Resources
    • Angela Prince, Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • January 24, 2022: Session 3: Student Mentoring, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., via Zoom (for more information, contact Tera Jordan, trh@iastate.edu). *All faculty mentors and mentored faculty are welcomed to attend.*
    • Clark Coffman, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Faculty Fellow for Graduate and Professional Development
    • Carolyn Cutrona, Associate Dean of the Graduate College
    • William Graves, Dean of the Graduate College
    • Laurie Law, Administrative Director of the University Honors Program
    • Tricia Stouder, Financial Aid Advisor, Student Financial Aid

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 mentees should complete the Mentoring Agreement form (DOC,1.4MB).

Smile and Write

A free online program open to faculty and staff.

Join us this winter 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


Smile and Write Schedule:

    Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    • December 14, 2021
    • December 21, 2021
    • December 28, 2021
    • January 11, 2022

    Variable dates and times

    • Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Monday, December 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday January 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    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.

    2021-2022 Faculty Development Workshop schedule (DOC, 37KB)

    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

    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,