From UMass Amherst-Faculty Mentoring Best Practices

  • One central finding from the literature is that team mentoring or mutual mentoring models are more successful than one-on-one hierarchical models.  
  • Assigned or Chosen mentors (sometimes, junior and senior) may help ensure mentoring support.  Ideally, faculty members will have more than one mentor.
  • Chairs & Heads or Associate Deans for Research play a critical role in mentoring faculty and providing honest assessments; regular meetings with faculty members at different ranks also help leaders understand faculty concerns.
  • Mutual mentoring models allow faculty at similar career stages to work together on career development, and help retain faculty.
  • Team mentoring models ensure faculty receive feedback from an array of colleagues, who may have different approaches, but can provide useful feedback that helps inform successful career progression.
  • External mentor models allow faculty to invite senior faculty in their field to campus to help them develop networks, and may provide specific feedback on articles, grant proposals, and career development.