Receiving advice, obtaining constructive feedback, and learning from experienced individuals is a vital aspect to faculty career success. In the College of Engineering, our goal is to provide new and experienced faculty with positive mentoring opportunities—as we see mentoring integrally related to faculty success, development, and well-being.
Ample research has documented the positive effects of having a mentor, including confidence, scholarly productivity, success obtaining grants, career satisfaction, and enhanced socialization (Bilimoria et al., 2006; Cawyer, Simonds, & Davis, 2002; Palepu et al., 1998; Zellers, Howard, & Barcic, 2008). In fact, nearly all faculty members in one study (98%) identified lack of mentoring as the first or second most important factor hindering career progress (Jackson et al., 2003).
College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Guidelines: To assist new faculty in developing mentoring relationships, members of the college set forth guidelines and recommendations.
Mentoring Opportunities at Purdue
Mentoring and Supporting New Faculty Members: Each winter, nationally known experts on faculty development, Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent, host a 1/2 day workshop in the College of Engineering for post-tenure faculty on effective mentoring strategies for new faculty. Contact Marsha Freeland for information or to attend this year.
The Faculty Mentoring Network: The Teaching Academy organized by the Faculty Mentoring Network at Purdue facilitates mentoring relationships for faculty members at all ranks seeking mentoring in teaching, scholarship, or the academic culture.
Faculty Advancement, Success and Tenure (FAST): The ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success offers monthly seminars for first- and second-year assistant professors that cover a range of topics (e.g., promotion and tenure, grant writing, mentoring graduate students).
Additional Readings and Resources
Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Faculty: For a comprehensive guide on career advising as well as tips for junior faculty, senior faculty, and chairs, see this resource developed by faculty at the University of Michigan.