Iowa State University offers a variety of mentoring programs for early career faculty.
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.
College Peer Mentors, appointed by each dean, create networking opportunities and organizing college-specific professional development events.
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, dissertations, etc. Additionally, Smile and Write is a way to connect with your peers during a time of increased 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 and 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 end of each session we will take a brief bit of time to share progress and discuss goals for the next week.
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- December 8, 2020
- December 15, 2020
- December 29, 2020
- January 5, 2021
- January 12, 2021
- January 19, 2021
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.
- 2020-2021 New Faculty Seminar Series (PDF, 88KB)
- 2020-2021 Faculty Development Workshops (PDF, 38KB)
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).
- Exemplary Junior Faculty Mentoring Programs at Cornell University (PDF)
- Faculty Mentoring Handbook from NSF ADVANCE at University of Rhode Island (PDF, 447KB)
- Getting the Most out of Mentoring - Presentation handout (2015) (PDF, 490KB)
- Mentee Needs Assessment (DOC, 26KB)
- Mentoring Task Force Report (2006) (PDF, 52KB)
- Mutual Mentoring Guide, by Sorcinelli and Yun, UMass Amherst (redirected from University of North Texas) (PDF)
- The Mentoring Relationship (PDF)
- University of Arizona ADVANCE Program
- University of Michigan ADVANCE - Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Faculty (PDF)
- University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
- Virginia Tech ADVANCE