The role of the liberal arts mentor is threefold:
- The liberal arts mentor will critique the student's teaching at least twice during the semester by observing in the classroom. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange these visits with the liberal arts mentor. A brief written evaluation of these visits are helpful to the student and may be used in his or her licensure portfolio.
- Along with the college supervisor and cooperating teacher, the liberal arts mentor may provide assistance to and resources for the student teacher on the design of their teaching units and in the development of their licensure portfolio.
- Along with the college supervisor and cooperating teacher, at the end of the semester, the liberal arts mentor will attend the Professional Semester Review Committee meeting to evaluate the student teaching performance.
The liberal arts mentor and the student teacher may also work together on a "teacher as researcher" project in which a topic of mutual interest to both the liberal arts mentor and student teacher is explored in the classroom and presented in the student teacher's portfolio. Topics that explore the interplay of theory and practice are especially encouraged.
The Education Studies Program hopes that liberal arts mentors will serve periodically on the Education Studies Program Committee which reviews applications for the professional semester and provides substantive advice on ways to improve the teacher preparation programs and the coordination between the academic departments and teacher education.