Becoming a Mentor
Remember what it was like to be a new faculty member? Did you feel as though you’d been dumped into a black hole of preparation, policy, and practices that you had little clue about? Did you find someone to help you or did you wish you had?
Every new full-time faculty member and every experienced faculty member trying something new at Hawkeye deserves to have a strong support system. Mentors are coordinated and trained through the Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services. Currently we have mentoring for distance learning, online, new, and adjunct instructors.
Mentoring is experienced teachers helping new teachers. It can be done in groups as it is with our faculty in distance learning, or provided one-on-one as it is with our new faculty members.
The goal of mentoring is to provide instructional coaching, support, and resources that will help new full-time faculty to:
- articulate their teaching philosophy
- use their strengths to be the best teacher they can be
- plan, implement, reflect, and improve on their teaching practices
Contact the Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services to become a mentor.
- Have at least three years of teaching experience at Hawkeye and the respect of their colleagues and students alike.
- Qualities include good listening behaviors, reflective questioning skills, and an approachable demeanor.
- Realize they don’t have all the answers and certainly not the only answer.
- Are curious learners who are willing to do the reflective work necessary to improve their own teaching practice.
- Lead through example.
- Are familiar with the resources and research that can support their mentees.
Depending the type of mentoring role you have, the amount of time your commit will be different.
New Full-Time Faculty Mentor: Mentor will work with mentee every four to six weeks for the first two years of the mentee’s employment. The mentor meets with the Director of the Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services two or three times a year for training in instructional coaching and dialogue about strategies, current challenges, etc. Mentor will be matched with a new faculty member from a department outside of their own and often times outside their division. It is assumed that new faculty also receives support from the department in which they teach on operational issues as well as curriculum and instructional support.
Distance Learning Mentor: Mentors for distance learning need to be experienced in teaching over the ICN and/or EBS system. Distance learning mentoring is done as a group rather than one-on-one. The group meets two or three times each year. Mentors in this group are requested to work with Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services distance learning staff to develop meeting goals and an agenda that helps to address current issues. In most cases, faculty mentees in this group have been teaching for several years, but they are new to teaching on the ICN or EBS system. This group tends to focus on instructional strategies for engagement, some technical problem solving, and policies that support integrity of the teaching/learning process across various sites.
Online Instruction Mentors: Mentors for online instruction need to be experienced in teaching online and have an online course that models best practices using Hawkeye’s online standards. Online mentees often have teaching experience, but they are new to ANGEL, Hawkeye’s course management system. Most often mentoring is done one-on-one on demand. Mentors use Hawkeye’s online standards to assist mentees in creating, implementing, assessing, and improving their online teaching practices.
- Adjunct Mentors: Mentoring for adjuncts is provided by a faculty member within the adjunct instructor’s department.
Benefits for the Mentor
There is so much in it for you! Other mentors have found their mentor-mentee relationship as one of the most meaningful things they have done professionally. Mentors often say they hope they’ve given at least as much as they’ve taken from the experience.
And if that’s not enough, you can receive credit for being a mentor on the Quality Faculty Plan.
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