In order to foster a culture of faculty mentoring at UTSA, Faculty Success champions several initiatives and programs to support faculty at all stages and prepare excellent mentors to ensure that all faculty benefit from their peers. Mentoring should become a means of continuously improving our work and motivating us to add quality to whatever we are doing. Individual faculty should have a mosaic of mentors (to support research, teaching, service, leadership development, and personal growth).
UTSA recognizes the critical role that disciplinary mentors play in the success of faculty. In order to ensure that all assistant professors (and newly hired associate professors) receive strong support in building their careers and locating resources and opportunities to develop as scholars and instructors, Faculty Success supports Departmental Mentoring.
Peer mentoring teams are interdisciplinary groups of 3-5 faculty all of whom are interested in learning/improving on some aspect of their scholarly activity. Members of the team commit to routinely meeting (virtually) to share best practices, guidance, feedback, and advice with each other and are led by a faculty peer mentor with expertise related to the topic of the team.