Checklist: Mentoring Ranked Faculty

This might be a helpful checklist for mentoring ranked faculty

  • Inform faculty of courses to be taught.
  • Provide sample syllabi and/or book lists.
  • Explain student population in general education courses and in the major.
  • Inform new faculty on course requirements and other departmental offerings.
  • Provide contact to other resources such as faculty who have previously taught the course.
  • Provide information about research interests of faculty in the department.
  • Match a new faculty member with an existing faculty member with similar research interests.
  • Inform faculty about the availability of travel funds to support research endeavors (e.g., data collection) and/or to attend conferences.
  • Explain the resources available for research in your field both on and off campus.
  • Provide application materials for any research support available to faculty in the first year.
  • Explain what counts as service.  Provide new faculty with a list of service activities.  Explain the difference between outreach-oriented service and service to the institution.  Outreach-oriented service is more important in public institutions, particularly land-grants, and it can include applied research and evaluation, dissemination of knowledge, and formal involvement in disciplinary and professional associations.  Service to the institution includes participation in committees, governance bodies, and other administrative duties.
  • Make service assignments.  Appoint new faculty to service activities within the institution that will not require additional work other than attending meetings.  Assign new faculty to committees with faculty who can be helpful in their socialization. Let the new faculty member know who is who on the committee and their roles within the institution.
  • Protect women and minorities.  Women and minorities often get asked to do an excessive amount of service because of the need for representation on committees.  It can be difficult for a new faculty member to say “no” when asked to serve on committees so be sure to “protect” women and minorities from being overburdened with service obligations.