Faculty Peer Mentoring Program

Mentoring groups allow for consultation and sharing of perspective that can foster new collegial relationships, career planning, skills development and lead to opportunities to meet faculty from other departments or fields. Effective peer mentor groups often form around a particular goal—for example, to offer support, guidance or feedback on a research topic or skill, clinical practice, advising and mentoring of trainees, teaching skills, and also on topics related to work-life balance and integration, career directions, priorities, navigating Stanford, preparing for the promotion process, or support for faculty who are in formal leadership positions for the first time.  These groups are meant to enhance the experience of early-career support and not a substitute for the mentoring taking place in the department or the assigned senior mentor.

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is accepting applications from Assistant Professors who joined the faculty in 2017 or later and who wish to join a mentoring group for the purpose of exploring topics of shared interest in 2020-2021.   

Each group will be up to 8 faculty.  OAA will match the faculty to form the groups based on interests, profiles and availability to meet. The topics are expected to be a jumping off point for the groups as they form and are not intended to limit the groups as they go forward from exploring other issues and concerns.

Groups will receive initial facilitation support.  As the year continues, the groups will be supported to self-manage with guidance from a peer facilitator who is a more senior faculty member.  Ellen Waxman and Rania Sanford in OAA will be available to the faculty and their facilitators to connect the groups to faculty with expertise in particular areas who can attend a group session.  Departmental Faculty Mentoring Champions, OAA associate deans, and OAA directors will be available resources to the groups, and will be available to bring additional expert guests/mentors to the group as needed.

Who can apply:Assistant Professors.

Implementation Guidelines

  • Group members must agree to join the group and commit to attending the group meetings.  Each group will meet 9 times in 2020-2021 in person or via zoom.  Group members should anticipate that they will be able to attend at least 7 of the meetings
  • Groups are expected to meet monthly for 1-1.5 hours
  • Group members must adhere to professional conduct, including confidentiality.
  • The groups arrange their own meeting schedule and execute other logistical tasks related to costs, materials, room reservations (if any). 


OAA will host an initial meeting to help launch the groups and provide peer-mentor training as needed.

Suggested Topics/ Examples:

The overarching themes for the groups cover topics on getting started in a career in academic medicine and what that entails in terms of meeting the challenges, pursuit of opportunities and navigating the school and the University.  Under that umbrella, applications will be reviewed and are expected to indicate interests in wide range of topics.  It is expected that the group will tackle multiple topics in the course of the year. 

Applicants are invited to indicate below multiple topics of their interest.  Examples include:

  • Managing a research group: Launching a new research program; trainee hiring and training; research policies and resources
  • Managing a clinical practice: establishing a practice; quality assurance; patient communication; hospital and clinic preparedness at times of crises; understanding expectations; collegial and networking skills.
  • Developing a research agenda: grant writing (submissions; proposal reviews); planning a clinical trial; 
  • The importance of teaching: designing a new course; delivery in online modalities and related topics; improving your teaching;
  • Worklife integration: balancing family needs; negotiating priorities; resources and strategies; caring for family members during a pandemic; mindfulness and promoting personal and family well-being;
  • Diversity and inclusion: the role of faculty to support inclusion; promoting inclusive practices and managing difficult conversations in classrooms, labs and/or clinics; 
  • Planning for promotion: developing a national and/or international reputation; approaches to publications and research agenda; clinical research opportunities; publishing plans and strategies;
  • Professional presence: presentation, and other public speaking and communication skills; using social media to promote your work;
  • Collegial relationships: managing collaborations; working with senior and junior peers; effective communication and influencing skills
  • Other topics: ________________


Submit Application HERE