As a faculty mentor, you have the opportunity to work directly with a student on a hands-on project and to enhance their learning at Ithaca College.
For summer 2021, faculty mentors participating in the program, regardless of the number of Scholars being supervised, are provided with $650 in compensation.
Responsibilities of ALL Faculty Mentors
To achieve the goals of the program and to facilitate the student outcomes, all Summer Scholar Program faculty mentors are expected to:
- Participate in faculty development opportunities to discuss best practices for effective mentoring of students;
- Be available to their Summer Scholar(s) throughout the summer project period, and have regular meetings with them;
- Encourage their Scholars to attend Summer Scholar activities;
- Attend at least one Summer Scholar activity with their students, schedule permitting;
- Design and give feedback on structured reflection to enhance Scholar learning and professional development;
- Provide guidance to Scholar(s) as they prepare their final reports (due to the Dean's office before the start of classes in fall semester);
- Provide their Scholar(s) with feedback on their poster presentation for a campus event in the following academic year.
Additional Responsibilities for Mentors in STEM Departments
Faculty mentors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies & Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics provide information on the department’s website about the positions that they are offering for the summer, with a description of the projects and the qualifications students need to be eligible for those positions. Mentors do not have to provide any other materials as part of the application process.
The Summer Scholar Application asks students to identify the project or faculty member they would like to work on/with, based on the information provided on the website. Department faculty are then asked to review the Summer Scholar applications that have been submitted by the deadline for students seeking to work in their labs/departments, and to make recommendations for awards, regardless of funding source (i.e., supported by H&S, external grants, department-based awards, and Dana Internship Program).
We ask that all STEM faculty mentors provide explicit statements to the Scholars who are interested in working with them whether the position will be available if pandemic restrictions limit in-person, campus-based activities.
Additional Responsibilities for Mentors of Independent Projects
Mentors of scholars with self-designed projects in creative arts, education, humanities, policy, and social sciences work closely with prospective scholars during the application process to develop strong project designs and effective proposals. Mentors of independent projects complete a separate Faculty Mentor Application. This application is combined with the Scholar's proposal and is considered by the Review Committee in evaluation of the project proposals. To view a PDF of an application template, please click here.
Normally, the program has a strong preference for mentors to be in Ithaca for more than half of the summer weeks that the Scholar is participating in the program, in order to facilitate in-person meetings. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding pandemic restrictions, however, we are relaxing this expectation for summer 2021. In the mentor application, we ask you to discuss explicitly your plans for active mentoring during the June-July summer period, whether in-person or virtually, whether the project will be fully remote, and if planned as an in-person, on-campus project, how/whether the project can proceed if circumstances require us to be remote.
Finally, at the end of the summer, mentors complete a Feedback Form assessing the Scholar's work and the project experience.