Mentoring Program

New tenure-track faculty participate in a mentoring program to learn about Ouachita’s traditions and culture and to build relationships outside the department and school during the first year of employment. It is also a means for developing a broader network of colleagues on campus and a better understanding of the university as a whole. Cultivating such relationships is one way to help sustain the sense of community and collegiality among all faculty.

Based on consultation with deans and department chairs, new tenure-track faculty are matched with a current faculty member who has agreed to serve as a mentor during the new tenure-track faculty member’s first year. Both the mentor and new tenure-track faculty member agree to participate in the following events and activities:

  • Attend two luncheons sponsored by the Academic Affairs Office, one per semester.
  • At least once a month, the mentor will invite the new faculty member to attend a faculty gathering such as Faculty Colloquium, Faculty Forum, or the Gutenberg Conspiracy book discussion.
  • Mentors will be available to respond by email, telephone, or in person to questions the new faculty member may have during your first year at Ouachita. These may range from teaching and learning issues, academic policies, governance, as well as information about the surrounding community.
  • At the end of the year, mentors and new faculty members will be asked to provide feedback to the Academic Affairs Office regarding the mentoring program.

In addition, the following activities may be conducted on a voluntary basis, depending on the interests, availability, and needs of both the new faculty member and mentor. These activities should be considered voluntary on the part of both individuals.

  • The new faculty member may invite a mentor to observe a class and offer suggestions.
  • A mentor may invite the new faculty member to attend other university events, such as recitals, plays, athletic events, lectures, etc.
  • The mentor may invite the new faculty member to lunch or dinner or to visit in the mentor’s home.

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