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Whether you are new to teaching or just new to Minnesota State Mankato, your first year will be quite an adjustment. The mentoring program allows our new colleagues to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful. Mentors can aid new faculty in many ways:

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 at the University in particular and in academia in general;

by providing individualized problem-solving assistance; and by providing confidential guidance and nurturing.

The Mentoring Program will help new faculty set realistic goals, plan for the future, learn about the "big picture,” reduce isolation, and develop an ongoing friendship with a peer faculty member. Mentors are encouraged to have one 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 and topics to address, although CETL can provide discussion prompts and other resources to support you.

In the CETL Mentoring program, full-time, first year probationary faculty are paired with seasoned colleagues to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful. We link faculty across departments and colleges, so they can be assured that conversations are confidential and get a different perspective on life at the University. The CETL Faculty Mentoring program was created at the request of the Faculty Association.

The CETL Mentor Program is open to all new faculty who are full-time, probationary tenure track faculty. Requests for a mentor will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early!  

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.

Our goal is to find 22 mentors for the 2017-18 year. 

How to Apply 

Call CETL at 389-5899, send an email to, or drop by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Memorial Library 88 (near the ERC and anatomy lab).