Through faculty mentoring a more senior faculty member shares his or her experience, expertise and advice regarding research, teaching and other professional development issues with less experienced colleagues. Thus, academics often think of mentoring as guidance for assistant professors seeking tenure, but it also applies to tenured professors working towards their career development goals. A mentor may serve as a guide to the institution and its culture, as a research advisor, as teaching resource, and/or as a role model. The goals of mentoring are:
- To help new faculty members acclimate to the formal and informal norms of the department, college, and the University.
- To foster effective research skills and publishing strategies.
- To encourage faculty to refine and expand their teaching strategies.
- To foster the development of a productive balance between research, teaching, and service.
- To guide faculty in their progression toward promotion and tenure.
- To foster an atmosphere of collegiality and community.