Departmental Mentoring Program
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.
Departmental Mentoring Guidelines
- Every Assistant Professor (and newly hired Associate Professors) will be assigned a senior faculty mentor in their Departments. Assistant Professors will have an assigned mentor throughout their tenure-track years. Associate professors will have an assigned mentor for their first year at UTSA and may continue through to their promotion to professor.
- Each Department at UTSA will create and implement an ongoing faculty mentoring plan. Mentoring Plans will be customized by each department and will adhere to the checklist of required elements. Departmental plans will be reviewed and evaluated on an annual basis.
- Assistant professors will be asked to complete a Career Development Plan (CDP) beginning AY 2020-21. Faculty will be introduced to the UTSA CDP at new faculty orientation. All assistant professors will complete a revision of their own CDP with their departmental mentor on an annual basis. These plans are simple tools that encourage conversations between mentors and mentees about specific goals for teaching, research/scholarship, and service and identify resources (e.g., professional development, workshops, opportunities to develop skills, taking on new responsibilities) that will be needed to support success. In AY 2020-21 faculty will enter their CDP to a screen in Digital Measures. The plan will be viewable by the department chair and dean.
- Senior faculty are encouraged to complete the Becoming a Mentor Training in order to strengthen their mentoring skills. Based on curriculum created by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, housed at the University of Wisconsin, Becoming a Mentor @ UTSA is designed to explore what mentoring is and isn’t, the core competencies of becoming an effective mentor, and how to implement a mentoring program within colleges, departments and research teams.
Upcoming Becoming a Mentor Training Sessions
- October 7 - November 11, 2020
Please contact Judith.Verdon@utsa.edu for questions about the Becoming a Mentor program.
Mentoring Check-ins and Consultations
- Faculty Success will monitor the implementation of departmental mentoring plans and ensure that all new early career faculty are being matched with mentors and having strong mentoring experiences.
- Faculty success will provide check-ins with mentors and mentees in new relationships to help provide guidance and assistance and to assess what is working and provide tools and ideas for how to work within mentoring relationships.