Welcome to UMentor @ UMass Lowell
The goal of this program is to provide a framework for all new full-time faculty to cultivate meaningful relationships with fellow mentors who can offer insights and advice as you navigate your career, explore new career paths, or consider further education and training. UMentor @ UMass Lowell is a means by which new faculty can learn about UMass Lowell, connect with faculty and staff from across campus and enhance campus networks. We encourage faculty members of all ranks to take this opportunity to enhance a faculty member’s sense of belonging and integrate into our community.
Who are your Mentors?
New faculty are paired up with from mentors from within their department to provide context about their new workplace and give them some insider information about how their department works. Often times, new faculty are also paired with members from outside their departments to provide both a comparison and a reference point. The external mentors may also serve as a sounding board for answering questions that new faculty are hesitant to pose to their own chair or departmental colleagues who will be conducting their reviews.
Expectations for Team Members
We expect team members to set SMART goals for mentees and schedule regular meetings that suit each other’s schedule to discuss these goals and monitor the new faculty’s success at achieving them. We encourage members have to face-to-face meetings (recommended once a month) and provide timely feedback to questions.
Successful mentoring outcomes are a result of being prepared and being an effective mentee.
- 7 Ways to be an Effective Mentee
- Goal Setting Guide
- Sample Agenda for Initial Meeting
- Icebreaker Questions for Initial Meeting
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