A goal of the Office of Faculty Affairs is to support our junior faculty and new faculty by providing mentoring for professional and personal growth in teaching, research, patient care and leadership.
Types of Mentors
Although department chairs can mentor their faculty in valuable ways, the benefits of having multiple mentors — including outside the department — cannot be emphasized enough. Mentors offer fresh perspectives and specialized advice, including content-specific, general career or scholarly guidance.
Content-specific mentors (discipline/specialty related) should be senior faculty from within the department or section if available, or from outside the department if not available. Content mentors provide specialty or discipline-specific career content expertise, information, development and advice. To the extent possible, they should not be a mentee's direct supervisor or department chair or section head.
Career mentors are senior faculty from outside the department who provide overall career guidance, advice, development and support. This relationship focuses on:
- global aspects of academic careers, such as goals, activities and juggling priorities
- transitioning into a faculty member role
- transitioning to a new community
- making career and work/life choices
- career promotion
Additional types of mentors include:
- Scholarly or project mentors, who are responsible for developing a creative or independent scholarly or research-specific project or career. There may be more than one mentor to provide specialized content area or method expertise, e.g., biostatistics (scholarly co-mentors); if so, one serves as a primary scholarly mentor.
- Special mentors (such as Women in Medicine, minorities, clinical, community, leadership or administration and work/life balance.)