This mentoring program is intended to be a useful way of supporting new faculty members as they adjust to their new environment. Whether the faculty is adjusting to academe itself, settling into their first year at UAMS, or simply settling into Arkansas. Assistance from a well-respected mentor can be an invaluable supplement to the guidance and orientation of all new faculty.
We have an online application that helps foster the mentoring experience by providing faculty with online resources, topic ideas, and discussions for quarterly meetings, a complete program evaluation, and other helpful tools to support the professional growth of our new faculty.
If you have any questions regarding how to become a mentor please contact K. Donte’ Stephens at (501) 526-5090 in the Faculty Center.
The mentoring database is a web application that supports UAMS’s faculty mentoring program across all colleges.
Mentoring Activities & Discussions
The following list represents a compilation of activities, topics, and mutual interests that are possible for exploration within a mentoring partnership.
- Grant proposals
- Establishing a publication record
- Conference Involvement
- Research group organization
- Creating a teaching portfolio
- Publication of education-related papers
- Classroom management
Tenure & Promotion Issues
- Preparing CVs & renewals
- Exploring tenure and promotion expectations
Department and Acculturation
- Department funding
- Departmental resources
- Departmental and/or college associations, teams, or interest groups
Logistics of the Program
Here is a brief overview of the Mentoring Program
- It’s a one-year mentoring agreement
- You will only be required to meet four times throughout the year (Quarterly)
- A Resource Fair is held annually for all participants
- System will provide on-line resources and other helpful tools
Dos and Don’ts
- Try to connect with each other
- Be respectful of each others time
- Ask questions and ask for help
- Use the Faculty Center as a resource
- Establish short-term and long-term goals
- Think of this as a long-term pairing
- Expect to solve every need
- Try to explain policies & practices outside of your scope