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Mentoring program for new faculty

There are at least two different forms of mentoring provided to new faculty. Individual departments and programs often elect to have the chair/director or a designated faculty serve as mentor. These mentors can offer advise and guidance about issues specific to your department/program. They can also help clarify aspects of departmental cultures, the review processes, as well as the best pedagogical practices. The second is a College-wide formal mentoring program:

The New Faculty Mentoring Program serves to enhance faculty development and retention at Middlebury College. Small groups of new and veteran members of the faculty have the chance to engage in discussions of the challenges that incoming faculty at Middlebury College face. Each group consists of two new faculty members and three mentors, who are tenured and untenured faculty drawn from different divisions or departments. The mentor groups are intended to supplement department-level advising, so new faculty are generally assigned to groups consisting of mentors from divisions or departments other than their own. Both term and tenure-track faculty participate in the New Faculty Mentoring Groups.  

Before classes begin, the Dean for Faculty Development and Research will provide the new mentors with contact information for their group members.  

Mentoring groups usually meet for the first time during new faculty orientation and continue meeting monthly during the academic year. There is no set agenda or structure for mentor group meetings. Rather, each group has the opportunity to establish its own parameters and structure to meet the particular needs and interests of the group members.


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