To assist junior faculty in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) with pertinent information and guidance on career development.
Mentoring is a critical component of an academic career. The proposed formal program develops an ambitious plan in which junior faculty are paired with senior faculty (associate or full professor level) mentors in the College for pertinent advice and multiple guidance on career development at WVU. Through this program it is envisioned that faculty mentors can contribute significantly to the development of their mentees’ research and teaching skills, career management and collegial networking, just to name a few. This is a College’ level initiative under the leadership of Dean Pedro Mago; it represents a formal mentorship defied herein as a structured and assigned pairing of mentor and mentee to include clear goals, meeting agenda, and milestones or target outcomes.Notes*
- Some departments might have very effective faculty mentoring plans and established programs. If a junior faculty member in a specific program is aligned with such a unit, they should actively participate. If a junior faculty does not have a mentor in their home department, they should strongly consider engaging in this College level program.
Who Are The Mentors
Volunteers from different academic units’ or from dean’s office, at different stage/s of their professional development (i.e., associate or full professor levels). Because a department performs teaching and service assignments as well as promotion and tenure evaluations, mentor and mentees could be from the same unit if they so choose.
General Roles Of The Mentors
- Informal mentors will provide a supportive environment.
- Informal mentors are expected to be available for informal discussions with the mentees.
- Informal mentors are expected to provide constructive feedback.