Faculty Mentorship Programs

Network-based mentorship includes some structured, intentional, and sustained relationships that guide and support an individual’s professional growth. The science of mentorship demonstrates the transformative nature of mentoring networks and relationships, leading to better academic performance, productivity, and professional reputation. High-quality mentoring is an especially powerful mechanism to retain folks from historically marginalized communities by validating the experience of the mentee and affirming their developing professional competencies. Mentoring contributes to the success of individuals throughout their careers but is especially important at moments of transition.  

The Office of the Provost offers four programs to support faculty at transitional moments in their career. These programs provided tangible knowledge and support, and assist faculty in developing the needed mentorship networks. These programs are designed to complement local programs in the department, division, school or college. 


New Faculty Group Mentorship Program - Remote!

2023-24Cohort

To thrive in the academy, new faculty need to develop a mentorship network, find community, and hone the skills that will lead them to successfully promotion or tenure. The New Faculty Group Mentoring program is one of the programs we offer to support these goals. 

New Tenure-Track or Career Faculty in their first, second or third year at UO are invited to participate in a group mentoring program. Each group will include multiple new and seasoned faculty. We will meet monthly, via zoom, and each 1.5-hour meeting will begin with a specific topic intended to help faculty thrive in the academy such as culturally responsive mentorship, early preparation for tenure or promotion, inclusive teaching strategies, equitable service, leading and mentoring others, etc. The meetings will also include semi-structured conversations in the mentoring groups to integrate the topic more personally. Groups will also be encouraged to meet in person or via zoom one additional time each term on their own for more informal conversation and network building.  

Participants will leave the year with a community of faculty colleagues, a mentorship network map, a professional development plan, and improved clarity regarding UO’s expectations for inclusive teaching, scholarship, mentorship and leadership. 

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will open in the summer.

As a participant, you will:

►  Develop a community of peers from units across campus. 

► Enhance your professional fulfillment and personal thriving. 

► Collaborate on group and individual goals and expectations.  

► Gain transferable skills within a leadership competency.  

► Gain new perspectives and ways of thinking through a coaching mindset. 

► Enhance active listening and communicating skills whilst avoiding the “advice trap”. 

► Define and experience culturally responsive mentorship.

As a Mentor, you will:

► Experience the personal satisfaction that comes with helping someone else advance their career. 

► Engage in open dialogue about key issues and experiences in the academy. 

► Engage different approaches and tools for leading and mentoring others including mentoring network mapping, individual development plans, coaching skills, deep listening, etc. 

As a mentee, you will:

► Develop a community of peers at a similar career stage and a community of peers at an aspirational career stage.  

► Experience a mentoring network that augments what may, or may not, be available in your local unit.  

► Build your mentoring network map.  

► Connect with resources to support your ability to thrive as you transition to a new stage in your academic career. 

► Understand expectations around promotion/tenure and be set on a timely course for achieving promotion/tenure. 

► Learn to work through existing obstacles and overcome challenges/barriers. 

► Identify strengths and areas for development including goal setting and an individual development plan (year-long and multi-year plans). 

► Describe UO’s teaching pillars – professional, inclusive, engaged and research-informed – and understand UO’s teaching evaluation practices.  

► Understand University expectations for service, community engagement and leadership. 

► Learn how and when to say “no”. 

 


Associate Professors Peer Mentorship Program 

2023-24 Associate Professor Peer Mentorship Cohort

Being an associate professor is an important and unique moment in your career. Questions arise during this mid-career moment. Should I begin a new line of scholarship? How should I prioritize and manage the increase in service and leadership requests? What new teaching methods might I explore? What is required to successfully be promoted to full professor? Our peer mentorship program has been designed to support faculty at this important moment in your career.

We will meet once per month, and each 1.5-hour meeting will begin with tangible information on a topic that the group has identified as helpful and important. The remainder of the 1.5-hour meeting will include semi-structured conversations with your peers to integrate the topic more personally. 

Participants will leave the year with a community of faculty colleagues, a mentoring network map, a individualized development plan, and increased knowledge of the topics the group chooses to focus on. 

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will open in the summer.

As a participant, you will: 

►  Develop a community of peers from units across campus. 

► Experience the professional fulfillment and personal satisfaction that comes with helping a peer advance in their career. 

► Collaborate on group and individual goals and expectations.  

► Gain transferable skills within a leadership competency.  

► Experience responsive and reciprocal mentorship.  

► Engage in open dialogue about key issues and experiences in the academy.  

► Connect with resources to support your ability to thrive mid-career

► Engage different approaches and tools for leading and mentoring others. 

► Experience a mentoring network that augments what may, or may not, be available in your local unit.  

► Build out a mentoring network map.  

► Identify strengths and work on areas for development including goal setting and an individual development plan (year-long and multi-year plans).

► Learn to work through existing obstacles and overcome challenges/barriers. 

► Gain new perspectives and ways of thinking through a coaching mindset. 

► Enhance active listening and communicating skills whilst avoiding the “advice trap”. 

 


Career Faculty Peer Mentorship Program

Career Faculty cohort 2023-24

 

Our peer mentorship program has been designed to build support and community across campus for career faculty and to provide a forum to discuss leadership interest and potential. The intended audience includes senior instructors, senior lecturers, associate clinical professors, associate research professors, associate librarians and professors of practice - in other words, mid-career non-tenure related faculty who have advanced at least one promotional step and who are looking for peer mentorship and community.

We will meet in person once a month, and each 1.5-hour meeting will begin with tangible information on a topic that the group has identified as helpful and important. The remainder of the 1.5-hour meeting will include semi-structured conversations with your peers to integrate the topic more personally.

Participants will leave the year with a community of faculty colleagues, a mentoring network map, an individualized development plan, and increased knowledge of the topics the group chooses to focus on. 

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will open in the summer. 

As a participant, you will: 

► Develop a community of peers from units across campus. 

► Experience the professional fulfillment and personal satisfaction that comes with helping a peer advance in their career. 

► Gain new perspectives and ways of thinking through a coaching mindset. 

► Enhance active listening and communicating skills whilst avoiding the “advice trap”. 

► Experience responsive and reciprocal mentorship.  

► Learn to work through existing obstacles and overcome challenges/barriers. 

► Identify strengths and work on areas for development including goal setting and an individual development plan (year-long and multi-year plans). 

► Engage different approaches and tools for leading and mentoring others. 

► Experience a mentoring network that augments what may, or may not, be available in your local unit.  

► Build out a mentoring network map.  

► Connect with resources to support your ability to thrive as you transition to a new stage in your academic career where you are poised to take on local leadership roles. 

► Collaborate on group and individual goals and expectations.  

► Gain transferable skills within a leadership competency.  

► Engage in open dialogue about key issues and experiences in the academy. 

 


Peer Leadership Coaching Program

This program leverages the talents of the UO Leadership Academy graduates as peer coaches, and pairs them with faculty and staff in various leadership positions. Coaching pairs will be encouraged to meet every 2-4 weeks, and coaches will be supported across the year with the Gather & Grow meeting series for UO Leadership Academy graduates. 

Peer coaches will leave the year with further development of non-directive leadership and listening skills – important competencies for leading from where you are. New leaders will experience the gift of time that is completely dedicated to yourself and your needs through non-judgmental deep listening.  

A call for participants for the 2024-25 academic year will occur in September 2024.

As a participant, you will: 

► Develop a community of leaders from units across campus. 

► Enhance your professional fulfillment and personal thriving. 

► Gain transferable skills within a leadership competency.  

► Gain new perspectives and ways of thinking through a coaching mindset. 

► Enhance active listening and communicating skills whilst avoiding the “advice trap”. 

► Define and experience culturally responsive mentorship and coaching.  

As a Coachee, you will: 

► Develop a community of peers who are also new in leadership roles, but from units across campus.  

► Experience a trusting peer leadership coaching partnership with a graduate of the UO Leadership Academy. 

► Connect with resources to support your ability to thrive as you transition to a new stage in your career. 

► Learn to work through existing obstacles and overcome challenges/barriers. 

► Experience the gift of being deeply heard, understood and supported by a peer. 

 

As a Coach, you will: 

► Receive personal satisfaction that comes with helping someone else advance their career. 

► Practice and build on the skills developed in the UO Leadership Academy.  

► Engage in open dialogue about key issues and experiences in the academy. 

► Develop your deep listening skills and engage new approaches for leading and mentoring others.