Provost Mentor Fellows Program

This Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs program is in collaboration with the Offices of Graduate Affairs, Research, and Diversity & Inclusion.

Mentoring relationships between faculty and doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars across all fields foster the development of innovative scholarship and the creation of new knowledge. Mentoring relationships are also critical in preparing early career scholars and scientists for their independent careers. Strong mentoring practices also enhance the research productivity of mentors and create inclusive climates.

The Provost Mentor Fellows program is designed to promote and highlight faculty excellence in mentoring. Participants in this selective cohort-based program will join a community of faculty committed to deepening their mentoring practices, identifying new mentoring strategies, and develop a mentoring plan compliant for NSF and NIH proposals.

As part of the program, participants will be engaged in workshop and lunchtime conversations designed to deepen the quality of their mentoring and research outcomes. Enrollment in the program implies a commitment by the participating faculty member to attend all of the sessions, as well as read pre-meeting materials, complete program evaluations, and complete other assignments. Total time commitment per session will not exceed 2.5 hours including all pre-work and in-session workshop time.

Since attendance and participation is crucial to the success of the program, please check your calendars to make sure that you can attend ALL the sessions before applying. While we understand that unanticipated professional and personal commitments may cause you to miss a session (or even perhaps two in very extreme situations), missing more than two will result in automatic withdrawal from the program.

Date Topic Speaker
September 28, 2021

12:00-1:30 pm

Setting goals & expectations – Kick-off Meeting (in person) Opening remarks: Jean Morrison, Provost

Facilitator: Sarah Hokanson, Assistant Provost

October 21, 2021

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Goals & Expectations (Virtual) Sarah Hokanson, Assistant Provost
November 18, 2021

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Inclusive mentoring (Virtual) Sarah Hokanson, Assistant Provost

Kristen Handricken, Director of Learning & Training

January 27, 2022

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Feedback (Virtual) Francine Montemurro, Ombuds
March 10, 2022

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Interrupt: For Faculty Mentors (in person) Ashley Slay, Assistant Director of Interpersonal Violence

Nathan Brewer, Director of Sexual Assault Response

April 7, 2022

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Final wrap-up and presentations (in person) Sarah Hokanson, Assistant Provost

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Faculty accepted into the program will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, September 10, 2020.

Applications should be submitted using the form below and consist of:

  • A “biosketch” of no more than two pages, including contact information, education, and a summary of scholarship
  • A cover letter of no more than one page that describes your current experiences in mentoring (if any), what mentoring issues are of interest or concern to you, and reasons for wanting to participate in the program
  • A letter of support from your department chair
  • Sample mentoring plan (optional)

Provost’s Mentor Fellows Program

  • No more than two pages, including contact information, education, and a summary of scholarship
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    No more than one page that describes your current experiences in mentoring (if any), what mentoring issues are of interest or concern to you, and reasons for wanting to participate in the program
  • A letter of support from your department chair
  • Optional