Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook
IV. C. Mentoring Program
Assist new faculty in understanding and navigating the T&P process; assist new faculty in understanding the culture of the libraries; provide staff members pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship with adequate support in understanding the requirements necessary to secure a librarian position; provide a venue for seasoned faculty to share their knowledge and expertise with newer staff.
to become a mentor:
- Any tenured faculty is eligible to be a mentor for tenure-track faculty.
- Any faculty is eligible to be a mentor for non-tenure track faculty and staff members pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship.
to become a mentee:
- All tenure track faculty are required to participate in the Mentoring Program.
- All non-tenure track faculty and staff pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship may elect to participate in the mentoring program by completing a Mentor Request form.
- The selection of a mentor will be made jointly with input from the appropriate dean, department chair, supervisor, employee and HR representative.
of mentoring relationship:
- For tenure-track faculty the mentoring relationship will last until the mentee has submitted the T&P packet.
- For non-tenure track faculty and staff pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship – the mentoring relationship will last 1 year with the option of renewal if requested.
- The level of interaction between a mentor and mentee is flexible and is mutually agreed upon by each pair. It is however recommended that the participants meet at least once a month and participate in training opportunities provided through the Libraries’ Training program.
- During the annual faculty evaluation the supervisor or department chair will solicit feedback on how well the mentor/mentee assignment is working out. If it is determined that a new mentor/mentee pairing is desired, the supervisor or department chair should contact the HR Office to coordinate a change.
- For mentors the mentoring relationship will be considered Service to the Libraries and the Mentoring Agreement will become part of their annual activity report.
- Mentoring agreement signed by both mentor and mentee including an option to request a reassignment.
- Mentor Request - for non-tenure faculty and staff pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship.