Faculty Mutual Mentoring Initiative

Harpur College Faculty Mutual Mentoring Initiative

Open information session: Friday, October 18, 2019, 1 pm, LN 2200
Submit materials to Kaitlin Maynard: kmaynard@binghamton.edu
Deadline for the academic year 2019-20: October 25, 2019

Purpose

The traditional one-on-one mentoring model assumes a senior faculty member who guides the career development of his or her mentees. Because a person’s need for guidance and advice is likely to exceed the expertise of a single mentor—and because mentoring often involves reciprocal learning opportunities for mentors—the idea of “mutual mentoring” describes a network-based model of support in which faculty work with multiple mentors who provide support in their respective areas of expertise. These mentors may be at different stages of their own careers and may also be affiliated with other institutions.
 
The goal of Harpur College’s mutual mentoring initiative is to promote faculty success through the formation of mutual mentoring teams. Such teams might form within departments, as interdisciplinary groups (accom­modating common research interests and approaches), or as affinity groups (accommodating common challenges). Most of the past projects have focused on junior faculty and their paths toward tenure and promotion. Other types of teams are also encouraged, for instance those that focus on the challenges of getting promoted to full professor or on pedagogy and teaching. Chairs who wish to implement a departmental mentoring plan, or to improve upon an existing one, are also encouraged to apply.

Examples of Past Projects

  • Romance Languages Pre-Tenure Faculty, a departmental project focused on the tenure preparedness of eight junior faculty members in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
  • Fine Arts Pre-Tenure Mentorship Network, composed of nine pre-tenure faculty in the departments of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre. It exists to provide support for faculty “scholarship or other creative contributions” as they approach renewal and tenure.
  • Publicly Engaged Faculty Mentoring Group, an interdisciplinary team of five members that assists publicly-engaged faculty as they navigate challenges associated with their career advancement through the tenure and promotion process.
  • Diversifying the Shakespearean/Professional pipeline through mentorship couches mutual mentoring as “menteorship”—that merges the terms “mentor” and “mentee”—and unites currently active black Shakespeareans and, by extension, their external mentors, to establish a diverse, interdisciplinary networking and support group that has local and national impact.
  • Writing Life Workgroup, Supporting Women Faculty Scholarship through Mentoring, an affinity group that aims to develop a process of peer and mutual mentoring of scholarly production, organized by three women faculty from Harpur and CCPA. The year¬long mentoring program centered around ongoing small group meetings to share manuscripts, discuss the writing process, and consult a professional writing coach.

Eligibility

All tenured/tenure-track Harpur College faculty are eligible to apply. While the PIs must be Harpur College faculty, teams may include faculty from all colleges and schools at Binghamton University, as well as faculty from other universities. Teams that were funded in 2018-19 and wish to continue their activities are also welcome to apply.

Application Materials

1. A concise description of team activities (no more than 3 pages) that addresses the following questions:

  • Which mentoring challenges do you seek to address?
  • How do you plan to address these challenges?
  • What are the expected outcomes of your project and how will your project achieve those goals?
  • How will you engage faculty, staff, students and/or others in mentoring activities?

2. An abstract of 150 words
3. A detailed budget (sample budgets are available on request)

Use of Funds

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to 3 to 4 teams. Funds may be used for:

  • Travel expenses and honoraria for external speakers to visit campus
  • Travel expenses for team members to seek mentorship off campus
  • Meals and refreshments for team events
  • Hourly wages for undergraduate or graduate assistants
  • Relevant books, software, or supplies

Matching funds from departments and programs are strongly encouraged. All expenditures must be in compliance with University and SUNY regulations and must be used by the end of Fall 2020.

Review

All proposals will be evaluated by the internal awards committee, which will make funding recommendations to the dean. The committee will consider:

  • The challenges that the group members face.
  • The way in which the proposed activities will address these challenges.
  • The likelihood that the project will achieve its expected goals.

Questions

Contact Nancy Um (nancyum@binghamton.edu).