Faculty Mentoring

Iowa State offers a variety of mentoring programs for early career faculty.

Individual mentoring

Iowa State’s formal mentoring program pairs new tenure-eligible faculty members with senior colleagues, typically from the same department. Mentors provide guidance through the tenure process, with a particular focus on the formal third-year review.

The dynamics of the mentoring relationship are mutually agreed at the beginning of the first semester, and shared with college and department through a mentoring contract.

Support for faculty mentors, including best practices, is provided virtually through Mentoring 101 (on Blackboard) and shared at a fall workshop for first-year faculty and their mentors. Mentors who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the success of their mentee are eligible for the Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award.

College Peer Mentors, appointed by each dean, create networking opportunities and organizing college-specific professional development events.

Writing accountability teams

This informal mentoring program helps address the most critical issue identified by new faculty – finding time to write. First and second-year tenure-eligible faculty can join a multi-disciplinary group of 7-9 colleagues, coordinated by a senior colleague who acts as a writing coach. The program is an excellent opportunity to interact professionally with colleagues from different departments and disciplines, and serves as a potential incubator for new cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

Each team decides its approach and level of involvement, ranging from simple accountability to more active peer review. The timeline of the project includes summer writing, the layout of a writing plan at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and a wrap-up of the projects at the end of the spring semester.

Professional development programs

The Provost’s Office organizes a series of professional development workshops annually on time management, wellness, mentoring graduate students, and other topics. A special program on promotion and tenure includes a presentation on university policies, and small group discussions with senior colleagues and department chairs. Additional workshops on documenting and boosting research visibility/impact are offered in collaboration with the University Library.

Calendar of faculty professional development events for 2016/2017

To register for SVPP programming and events online:

  1. Go to the Learn@ISU page http://learn.iastate.edu/IowaSU/site/
  2. Login using your ISU netID and password (top right)
  3. Select Course Catalogue from the menu (top left)
  4. Scroll to SVPP events
  5. Click List Events next to the event you would like to attend
  6. Select Enroll in the pop-up window - the event will be added to your Menu

Virtual mentoring

Virtual mentoring is provided through Iowa State’s institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Resources include weekly “Monday Motivator” emails and monthly teleworkshops.  For information on how to activate your sub-membership, click here.

Additional Resources

New Faculty Co-Horts:

  • September 2015-August 2016 (pdf)
  • September 2014-August 2015 (pdf)
  • September 2013-August 2014 (pdf)
  • September 2012-August 2013 (pdf)
  • September 2011-August 2012 (pdf)