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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mentoring

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cetl/programs/mentor.html

Mentoring, widely used among the world's most successful universities and corporations, is a time honored and established means of developing individual talent. At Minnesota State Mankato we realize that mentoring as a means of developing human capital and quality teachers, pays big dividends.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Mentor Program is open to all new faculty who are full-time, probationary tenure track faculty.

Who Are the Mentors?

Mentors are tenured faculty members who have volunteered for the program. They are interested in helping new faculty be successful at Minnesota State Mankato. When possible, mentors are assigned to new faculty from the same college but not the same department. New faculty who are on full-time, probationary tenure track appointments are welcome to apply for a mentor.

Mentor Program Goals

The goal of the mentor program at Minnesota State Mankato is to aid new faculty in achieving their full potential through collaborative involvement with a tenured faculty member who has already developed a successful career at Minnesota State Mankato. The program is designed to help new faculty in setting realistic goals, sharing a vision for the future, reducing isolation, learning about the "big picture", and developing an ongoing friendship with a peer faculty member. The program was created by The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Minnesota State Mankato at the request of the Faculty Association.

How to Apply for A Mentor

All new faculty who are full-time and probationary track are eligible for the mentor program. By completing and submitting the registration form electronically or sending it through campus mail, new faculty will be assured a faculty mentor for the entire academic year. Applications will be accepted at any time during the first month of employment. However, there are only 22 faculty mentors in the program so only the first 22 applications can be accepted. Once the application is received by the CETL office, the new faculty member will be paired with a mentor.

Once the new faculty member is paired with a mentor, the mentor will make contact and set up a first luncheon. At a minimum, mentors are encouraged to have one luncheon meeting with their mentee each month. Other interaction and communications, such as office visits and e-mail messages, will be strongly encouraged. Each mentor pair will decide exactly how to arrange their relationship.

The mentor program is run out of the CETL office on campus. The office is located in Memorial Library 88 (ML 88). To contact the office call 389-5899 or send an email to: cetl@mnsu.edu

Why the Need for a Mentor?

Whether you are new to teaching at the university or have been teaching for many years, being new to MSU presents its challenges. We think it is important for our new faculty to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful. We hope you request a mentor early on and develop a positive relationship with a faculty member who can support your efforts and answer many questions that come up during the first year.

No matter how prepared faculty members may be for their first year of teaching at Minnesota State University, there is bound to be some confusion and some feelings of isolation. It is hoped that by having a mentor, new faculty can develop a special relationship with his/her mentor as they look for help. Mentors can aid new faculty by enhancing teaching skills and intellectual development; by modeling effective teaching strategies and professional behavior; by facilitating and influencing the new faculty member's entry and advancement into academia; by acquainting new faculty with the customs, values, roles, responsibilities and resources of academia; by providing individualized problem-solving assistance; and by providing confidential guidance and nurturing.

"The most critical function of mentoring is to support and facilitate the realization of the Dream; believing in him or her, sharing the youthful Dream and giving it its blessing, helping to define the newly emerging self, and creating a place in which the young man or woman can work on the Dream."

--paraphrased from D.J. Levinson, The Seasons of a Man's Life