Clark University's Faculty Mentoring Program

Being a new faculty member is both exciting and stressful! Research indicates that new faculty arrive on campuses with enthusiasm and optimism about opportunities for growth in their careers. Over time, however, work-related stress often increases and work-related satisfaction often decreases. New faculty satisfaction and success have both been shown to be enhanced by positive and supportive social and intellectual relationships with colleagues, support for both research and teaching, and clear and constructive feedback on their work.

In order to help provide new faculty with such support, Clark is pleased to offer a mentoring program for new faculty. All first year tenure-track faculty will be assigned mentors prior to their arrival at Clark, unless they "opt out" of the program, and other new faculty may request a mentor. Participation on the part of both mentors and mentees is completely voluntary.

Mentors are selected according to the following criteria:

  • are tenured faculty;
  • are successful in both teaching and research;
  • are in a discipline that is related to, but not the same, as the mentee's;
  • have demonstrated the interest, personality, and skills to be good mentors.

Mentors may assist with issues of classroom teaching, developing a program of scholarship, time management and priority setting, and/or other areas as needed. The formal mentoring relationship is anticipated to last for the first year of the new faculty member's appointment, and is anticipated to continue informally in subsequent years. It may be terminated at the request of either member of the team.

Mentors and mentees will be invited to write a statement of a paragraph to a page which sets out the objective(s) of the mentoring relationship (tailored to the needs of the mentee) and how they plan to achieve them. Possible strategies could include (but are not limited to) regular meetings on selected topics, classroom visits, review of materials written by the mentee (teaching or research related), regular informal conversations, etc. It is recommended that each mentor-mentee team meet about once per week.

For further information, please contact the Mary-Ellen Boyle (Dean of the College), at 508-793-7671 or William Fisher (Dean of Graduate Studies), at 508-793-7760.