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Faculty Mentoring at UTSA

The goal of faculty mentoring is multifaceted: support and retain assistant professors as they progress toward tenure; provide ongoing guidance in the development of associate professors on their path to achieving full professor rank; and create an academic culture of high expectations and support for talented faculty as the institution itself progresses toward Tier One status.

More broadly, peer mentoring helps new faculty members get to know the institution, excel in teaching and research, effectively address challenges inherent in new roles, understand tenure and evaluation, create work-life balance and develop professional networks.

UTSA formalized its faculty mentoring initiative beginning in 2014 with a Provost-initiated request for all departments to establish and implement a faculty mentoring program unique to their traditions and values. Today, all incoming faculty members have the opportunity to participate in a peer mentoring program within their own department.

Looking for a mentor? Contact your department chair to discuss how you can participate in your department's mentoring program. For those interested in finding a mentor outside of his/her own department or discipline, contact the Office of Academic and Faculty Support at 210-458-2700.


2017 Update
A committee has been formed to review the existing faculty peer mentoring programs at UTSA and both identify and share best practices that are associated with excellence in faculty mentoring and support. Members of this review committee were nominated by the Faculty Senate, Department Chairs Council, the Office of Academic and Faculty Support to include:

  • Maricela Oliva, Associate Vice Provost for Academic & Faculty Support (Co-Chair)
  • Eve Browning, Department of Philosophy (Co-Chair)
  • Sonya Aleman, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
  • Mark Bayer, Department of English
  • Eugene Dowdy, Department of Music
  • Ruyan Guo, Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering
  • Crystal Kalinec-Craig, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
  • Kelly L. Nash, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Kelly Suter, Department of Biology

At the request of the UT System, the committee will also develop and implement a formative evaluation of the effectiveness of the university's faculty mentoring initiative and document both strengths and possible areas of improvement. The committee has a Spring 2018 timeline for presenting its initial report and formative evaluation.

As the committee progresses, any reports and formal recommendations will be made available at this website as well as communicated directly to the college deans and department chairs.

Resources & Best Practices


UTSA Provost's memo regarding the implementation of a Faculty Mentoring Program (9/15/2014)

UTSA Faculty Mentoring Program Resource Manual (for colleges and departments)

Examples of faculty mentoring programs at other institutions: