SRCD Teaching Mentorship Program

Developed by the SRCD Teaching Committee in cooperation with the Student & Early Career Council (SECC), the purpose of the SRCD Teaching Mentorship Program is to assist novice or early-career teachers in navigating faculty life through developing a relationship with a more experienced faculty member, or mentor, from another institution.  The mentor will serve as a resource for teaching ideas and feedback and a guide for managing interactions with students, other faculty, and administrators.  The mentee will bring his or her fresh energy and ideas to the relationship as well, allowing reciprocal benefit for both mentor and mentee.  We seek mentors and mentees to participate in the program.

Applications are now closed. 

Decision Notifications: October

Program Guidelines:

Who can be a Mentor?  

Any SRCD member who is...

  • In a teaching position with tenure, OR has 7 years of teaching experience in a non-tenure track position.
  • Willing to commit to a 1 year mentoring relationship and follow program expectations.

Who can be a Mentee?

Any SRCD member who...

  • Is a graduate student member.
  • Is an early career member (first 5 years post-Ph.D).
  • Has current teaching assignments but limited prior teaching experience.

(Preference to be given to those individuals who expect to be on the job market in the next 2 years, currently on the job market, or currently teaching in a junior faculty capacity)

How are mentor and mentee matched? 
The Teaching Committee will match each mentee with a mentor, and send contact information for each person via email.

What is the length of formal commitment? 
One year, starting from the date of pairing (pairs can agree to extend if mutually agreeable)

What are the expectations of mentors and mentees? 
The minimum expectations are as follows:

  1. In November (within a month of the match being made), conduct a 1-hour phone or video conversation (or in-person meeting, if possible) to introduce yourselves and to identify the specific questions or issues to focus on for the year.
  2. At a schedule agreeable to both the mentor and mentee, communicate at least once per month.  Communication may include periodic email exchanges, video conferences, or phone calls throughout the winter/spring.  Please note that conversations should take place as often as needed in order to sustain the relationship and assist the mentee in strengthening his or her teaching.
  3. Conducting at least one teaching observation/consultation is strongly encouraged. The mentee would record themselves teaching a class of their choice, and the mentor and mentee would discuss the lesson following a consultation process provided by SRCD. SRCD will provide an optional template to use.
  4. In May (during the close of the school year), conduct a 1-hour phone or video conversation. The goal of this conversation is for mentor and mentee to see how they have progressed over the year, and to identify goals for future work on teaching competencies.
  5. Mentor and mentee will each fill out program evaluation forms after the 1-year commitment has been reached.

What other guidelines should mentors and mentees follow?

  • Mentor and mentee agree to honor confidentiality of all information exchanged.
  • Mentors and mentees are invited to share information and resources reciprocally—including such things as syllabi, course materials, ideas for class activities, videotaped lectures, etc.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Tara Kuther at kuthert@wcsu.edu. If you experience any issues or have questions regarding the application form, please contact Matt Ferrett at mferrett@srcd.org.