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.

Faculty Mentoring Program for First-year Tenure-eligible Faculty at the Rank of Assistant and Associate Professor

As we support 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 goals, this Faculty Mentoring Program for first-year tenure-eligible faculty 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).

Faculty Mentoring Initiative for Early and Mid-career Faculty

As we support early and mid-career faculty through mentoring, the goal is to ensure successful faculty advancement, promotion, and inclusion. In furtherance of this goal and our institutional strategic goals, this Faculty Mentoring Initiative for early and mid-career faculty seeks to increase faculty retention and success (e.g., promotion and advancement, sense of belonging, developing future mentors and leaders). This program is designed for:

  • early career faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor (term and tenure-eligible)
  • mid-career faculty at the rank of Associate Professor (term and tenure-eligible)

Read more in this program overview document (DOC, 28KB)

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

Term Faculty Learning Community Pilot

A new pilot for the 2022-2023 academic year is a Term Faculty Learning Community (TFLC), which will afford early-career, term faculty an opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, build connections, and pursue their professional goals. The TFLC’s purpose and focus aligns with the university’s mission to “create, share, and apply knowledge.” The TFLC also dovetails with the goals outlined in the 2022-2031 strategic goals and furthers four thematic pillars: foster innovative solutions, education experience, knowledge and discovery, and community engagement.

Read more in this program overview document.

Smile and Write

A free online program open to faculty and staff.

Join us 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.


2022-2023 Schedule

Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • August 30
  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • November 22
  • November 29
  • December 6

Variable Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022; 9:30-11:30am
  • Friday, September 9, 2022; 12-2pm
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022; 9-11am
  • Monday, September 19, 2022; 1-3pm
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022; 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022; 11am-1pm
  • Friday, October 7, 2022; 11am-1pm
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022; 11am-1pm
  • Monday, October 17, 2022; 9-11am
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022; 9:30-11:30am
  • Friday, November 3, 2022; 11am-1pm
  • Thursday, November 9, 2022; 11am-1pm
  • Monday, November 14, 2022; 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022; 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022; 12:30-2:30pm

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

    Moving Forward, Together: COACHE Data Highlights about the ISU Faculty Experience, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sunroom, MU

    Join Assistant Provost for Faculty Development Tera Jordan, Institutional Research Executive Director Karen Zunkel, and Institutional Research Data Analyst Susan Ray as they share highlights from the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey and share promising action items to move forward.

    Preparing Effective Award Nominations, Thursday, October 13, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Virtual Only (Zoom)

    Gain insights into the best practices of successful nominations and how to avoid the most common errors and pitfalls in your preparation.

    Video presentation of workshop

    I'm Thinking of Retirement...Now What?, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cardinal Room, MU

    Join us for a Moderated Roundtable Discussion on best practices for planning for the next stage of your career that includes panelists from University Human Resources, retired faculty, and University Archives.

    Click here to register

    Documenting Your Research Impact and Increasing Visibility, Thursday, February 23, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU

    Join us for an overview of traditional and contemporary resources to document your scholarly impact. Ideas will also be shared for increasing visibility of your scholarly outcomes and on methods for increasing scholarly visibility. Topics covered include: Introduction to impact metrics and sources, locating information on who is citing your work, creating citation reports, creating & claiming author profiles, utilizing the ISU Digital Repository and DataShare data repository, open access publishing and social media and download statistics and altmetrics. 

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    Preparing for a Successful Promotion and Tenure Review, Thursday, March 9, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Campanile Room, MU

    Associate Provost for Faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Academic Programs Ann Marie VanDerZanden, and Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada will lead a presentation for tenure-eligible faculty on Preparing for a Successful P&T Review. 

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    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,