"Mentoring is irresistible", so stated one of our faculty members, a Mellon Mentoring Award winner.
Most of us have had mentors who have shaped our lives and inspired us and we in turn want to help those coming up behind us, share what we have learned and complete the circle. Yet when asked "how do you mentor", many of us do not have a good answer. We shrug our shoulders and say we just do it. Many of us say we're too busy to mentor new faculty. No one mentored us and we turned out fine, so why should we mentor incoming faculty; they should be able to do it on their own. Or we perhaps we feel we don't need it in our school.
Why mentor other faculty?
Check out the resources USC and external sources offer on mentoring.
Designated school contacts
The USC Mellon Mentoring Forum
The Mellon Mentoring Forum, composed of senior and experienced faculty members from each school, meets twice yearly to brainstorm about and share best practices in mentoring. Each year the forum chooses a specific mentoring-related topic to discuss. Representatives also prepare a bi-annual school mentoring profile on the mentoring structure, practice and activities in their schools. The forum also co-sponsors mentoring events/workshops with other committes and schools.
2010-2011 Forum Representatives
|USC Mellon Mentoring Forum Representatives 2009-10|
|Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs||Marty Levinefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Assoc. Provost for Faculty Development||Judy Garneremail@example.com|
|Cinematic Arts||John Watsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dentistry (OT)||Jeanne Jacksonemail@example.com|
|Fine Arts||Jud Finefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Medicine (CHLA)||Chuck Gomeremail@example.com|
|Medicine (PIBBS)||Michael Stallcupfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Policy,Planning and Development||Lisa Schweitzeremail@example.com|
|Social Work||Devon Brooksfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Faculty Mentoring Workshops at USC
The Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost's Academic Leadership Development Committee and the Center for Excellence in Research sponsor workshops with faculty development and mentoring components.
Be sure to check their websites and calendars for upcoming events.
The CET and CER also offer individual consultation, classroom evaluations, and information on funding sources to new faculty, post-docs and gradate students. Share your mentoring expertise and become a Faculty Fellow of the CET or the CER.
The Center for Work and Family Life offers confidential counseling services for all faculty to better their professional-personal life balance. Professional Development runs many useful courses for both staff and faculty to improve their professional skills.
USC-based grants with mentoring components
Recognition of Faculty Mentors at USC
School awards with mentoring components: