Peer Mentoring Program
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 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.
What is the Purpose of a Peer Mentoring Team?
To learn/ improve skills, gain knowledge, and apply what is learned in a real-time scholarly activity (such as online teaching, pursuit of a federal grant, development of an engaged learning focus in courses, administrative skills, management of a research team etc.). Peer Mentoring Teams are intended to help faculty to build relationships with colleagues across UTSA and to participate in learning communities outside of their immediate disciplines and departments.
What do Members of a Peer Mentoring Team do?
Members of a Peer Mentoring Team agree to participate in their assigned team for one semester/summer session and work with the Peer Mentor and the other team members to foster a positive learning community of mutual support; sharing of experience and knowledge; and providing peer feedback. Team members will commit to a weekly meeting with the team and prepare questions, reports of progress for peer-to-peer feedback, and reviews of peers’ work as agreed within the team.
What does a Peer Mentor do?
Peer mentors are faculty volunteers who are selected by Faculty Success to lead a Peer Mentoring Team for one semester. Peer mentors have a record of experience and success in the topic of the Peer Mentoring Team to which they are assigned.
Each Peer Mentor agrees to serve as a facilitator for a group of 3-5 faculty during a regular semester or summer session. Mentors convene their assigned group of faculty once per week (face-to-face or virtual) in order to provide their own best practice advice and guidance, promote a positive peer-to-peer supportive community in the team, and aid the team to problem-solve and provide feedback to each member. Peer mentors commit to the once-per-week meeting time and promote mutual support among team members. They are not trainers nor are they expected to be on-call to team members.
Peer mentors may set up a method for team members to crowd-source ideas/share resources/answer each other’s questions (such as a TEAMS site) between the weekly meetings. Peer Mentors are also asked to stay in touch with the Peer Mentoring Team Coordinator (in Faculty Success) regarding how the team is working and identify needs it may have to problem-solve and learn (e.g., need for training referrals or other UTSA knowledge support).
Peer Mentoring Team Topics & Guide
Summer 2020 Peer Mentoring Team Topics
- Online Instruction
- NSF Early Career Award Preparation
Fall 2020 Peer Mentoring Team Topics
- Online Instruction
- New Faculty
- New Department Chairs
Spring 2021 Peer Mentoring Team Topics
- Career Engaged Learning
Our First Three Meetings Guide provides a roadmap for launching the Peer Mentoring process.