Mentoring is a process through which a new, untenured faculty member receives guidance and support for successful career enhancement and professional advancement. The mentoring process is all about sharing knowledge and experience. For new faculty members, mentoring is critical to facilitate a smooth transition into the new work environment, culture, and its many demands. A newly-hired faculty member needs a trusted accomplished guide to assist them in achieving their goals. A good mentoring relationship will benefit both the mentor and the mentee. Mentors guide the new faculty on issues related to teaching, research, and organizational culture. In many cases, mentors may also provide guidance of a more personal and social nature.
The New Faculty Mentor Program at Western Illinois University was established with the singular goal of facilitating a smooth transition for new faculty into the WIU and Macomb environments. Through our office, a new faculty member is linked with an established faculty member who can answer the questions that inevitably arise during the first year.
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research maintains a directory of experienced faculty who have been recommended or have volunteered to serve as mentors to new faculty. Through this Program, a newly hired faculty member is linked with an experienced colleague willing to provide guidance and support.
The New Faculty Mentor Program at WIU is designed to provide assistance and guidance. The following are the responsibilities of the new faculty:
The activities of new faculty and their mentors are supported by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research and the Office of the Provost and Academic Vice President. Immediate coordination and administration is provided by Roger Runquist, Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research.
To become involved in this program, please complete the Orientation Registration Form. For further information about the program, please contact the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (309-298-2434).
Since new faculty often share some of the same questions and concerns as they begin their work at WIU, The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research schedules presentations and discussions specifically for new faculty. Among the topics likely to be covered are the contract, classroom management issues, available support services, importance of writing, and balancing teaching, research, and service. New faculty and their mentors will receive notification of all of these programs and are invited to suggest other topics and issues.
New faculty are linked with an established faculty member who can answer many of the questions that inevitably arise during a first year in a new position.
Please contact us if you would like to participate in this program.