The purpose of the University Faculty Mentoring Network is to foster an environment of support that promotes the personal and professional development of tenure-track probationary faculty. To that end, UFMN makes available advice, encouragement, and career guidance by knowledgeable senior and retired faculty members. The goal is to supplement, not supplant, mentoring programs at the department or college levels. UFMN mentees may choose mentors from outside the mentees' departments and colleges who have no direct role in the RPT evaluation process. Housed in Academic Affairs, UFMN works collaboratively with Academic Personnel, the Chief Diversity Officers, Teaching Resource Center, Human Resources, and the University Ombuds/EEO Officer for the various resources that they provide.
- Provide a safe and confidential venue for probationary faculty to discuss their concerns;
- Promote acculturation to the University, especially for new faculty;
- Inform probationary faculty about university and community resources;
- Encourage probationary faculty to develop collaborative relationships across campus;
- Assist probationary faculty with understanding university policies and procedures;
- Help probationary faculty connect to communities of interest across the university, e.g. other faculty of the same ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation, etc.
Selecting a Mentor
For information about the mentors, select "Mentors" at the top of this page. You may contact them directly, or you may contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and assistance.