The CFE offers funding to support the formation and meetings of small groups of faculty for mutual mentoring. Applications for academic year 2017-2018 are now available online.
Explore mutual mentoring to support all faculty at every career stage. Research indicates that mutual mentoring is particularly effective in the support of women and faculty of color.
DEFINITION OF MUTUAL MENTORING
Traditionally, mentoring has taken the form of a one-on-one, hierarchical relationship in which a senior faculty member takes a junior faculty member “under his/her wing.”
Mutual mentoring encourages the development of a wide variety of mentoring partnerships to address specific areas of knowledge and expertise.
MUTUAL MENTORING REDEFINES “MENTORING” BY FOCUSING ON
-Self-identified needs and goals, rather than generic, one-size-fits-all knowledge
-A network of multiple, diverse mentors, (peers, near-peers, senior faculty, chairs, same-race/cross-race, same- gender/cross-gender);
-A variety of formats for mentoring (one-on-one, group, face-to-face, online);
-A more intentional, proactive approach to mentoring;
-Reciprocal/relational vs. hierarchical mentoring; and
-In sum, mentoring that is faculty-driven, functional, and flexible.
*Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Associate Provost and Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development,
University of Massachusetts, AAC&U Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. | January 23, 2014