Mutual Mentoring at Ithaca College: Moving Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Mentoring


Contributed by Colette Matisco

When: Thursday, 11/07, 8:30-9:30 (light breakfast) OR Monday, 11/11, 12:00-1:00pm (lunch)
Where:  Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett 316

Are you seeking a peer group to support your continued growth in scholarship? teaching? promotion? other areas?  The CFE offers funding to support the formation and meetings of small groups of faculty for mutual mentoring. If your department or school offers traditional mentoring, we encourage you to take advantage of it while you explore mutual mentoring.

The Center for Faculty Excellence supports a mutual mentoring model, which encourages the development of a variety of mentoring partnerships to address specific areas of need or competency. Research strongly indicates that mutual mentoring is particularly effective for women in academia and faculty of color, and can make a vital contribution to a successful academic career. Mutual mentoring is faculty-driven, functional, and flexible through its focus on:
-Self-identified needs and goals, rather than generic, one-size-fits-all knowledge
-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);
-An intentional, proactive, and relational approach to mentoring. 

Please join us for a light breakfast or lunch to learn from faculty who have benefited from our mutual mentoring program and to have the opportunity to express your interests in a mutual mentoring process. 

Please RSVP on the CFE events page by Monday November 4

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Colette Matisco at or (607) 274-3734. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.