In 2019-2020, the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will offer a pilot mentoring program for junior faculty, sponsored by the Medical Alumni Association. The program will consist of three 90-minute workshops designed to supplement one-on-one meetings between a mentor and junior faculty mentee with a particular focus on career advancement and fostering a productive mentoring relationship. This pilot is limited to 15 junior faculty (and their mentors). The program will consist of approximately 20 new faculty and their mentor. The program expectations are as follows:
- Junior faculty mentees must attend all three workshops (October 3 and November 7, 2019 and April 2, 2020; each session is held from 7:30-9:00am).
- The mentor must attend the October and November meetings with their mentee; only junior faculty mentees will attend April’s meeting.
- In addition to the schedule group meetings, each mentor/mentee pair will commit to meeting at least quarterly and will document the outcomes of these meetings.
All junior faculty (at the level of Assistant Professor) are encouraged to select a mentor from among the many Associate and Full Professors within the School of Medicine. Newly hired faculty are assigned a mentor by their department to assist with the transition to academic medicine at UVa. If you’re unsure who your mentor is or have questions about mentoring, contact your department chair or division chief.
The goals of the mentor-protegee relationship include:
- Orienting new faculty
- Facilitating introductions
- Mentoring in research
- Reviewing grants and manuscripts
- Evaluating teaching
- Supplementing annual career review
- Preparing professional portfolio
- Advocating within/beyond institution
These relationships will be tracked by the Dean’s Office. We recognize that mentoring relationships will evolve over time, and may cross departmental boundaries. We encourage such an evolutionary process. Recognizing that faculty needs are so variable, we have deliberately not prescribed an agenda for faculty mentor-protege activities.
The University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center has collected valuable faculty mentoring resources for mentors, mentees, and of general interest. Both UVa and national resources and publications are available through this site.