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College of Education
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Manhattan, KS 66506

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Faculty Mentoring Program

Mentoring of junior faculty is vitally important to higher education institutions in order to enhance the richness and diversity of higher education’s professorship.
– Hardwick, 2005

The college’s New Faculty Mentoring Program was formally established by the COE Faculty Assembly in 1999, after the completion of a year of design and pilot study by a task force appointed by Dean Mike Holen. The chair of the task force was Associate Dean Jan Wissman. The first coordinator of the program was Linda Thurston, Associate Dean, who was a member of the originating task force.

The goals of the program are to:

  • build and sustain faculty continuing professional development and satisfaction;

  • assist new faculty in becoming accomplished, productive and successful in teaching, research, and service;

  • ease the transition of new faculty from graduate school to the professorship and to K-State;

  • provide opportunities for new faculty to develop social and professional relationships within the college and across the campus;

  • provide individualized professional and career guidance, as well as social and emotional support to new faculty through the tenure process;

  • provide senior faculty opportunities to share their expertise and expand their contributions to the college as a whole.

All new untenured, tenure-track faculty are invited to join the program and may participate until they are tenured. The mentees and mentors are paired for each academic year. The program activities that engage the mentors/mentees are monthly luncheons, various seminars that include topics such as grant writing, special speakers and presentations, and other professional development and social activities. Each academic year concludes with an end-of-the-year social event for faculty and families.

Mentoring Program activities have included:

  • Annual Orientation for New Faculty and Unclassified Professionals
  • College of Education Orientation: A Guide for Faculty (PDF)
  • Annual trip to Washington, DC with other K-State new faculty to visit funding agencies
  • Friday Focus Series: Introduction to External Funding; Overview of Qualitative Research
  • Guest speakers (Academic Parenthood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family, 2012; A visit with Orlando Taylor, 2014)
  • Mini-mentoring groups with faculty and graduate students from Ecuador
  • Sponsored webinars and discussions for NSF, IES and USDE proposals
  • Professional development sessions for non tenure-track faculty, GRAs and GTAs
  • Special interest groups and communities of practice, such as the qualitative inquiry group and the research-writing group

Mentoring Luncheon, February 2017

Funmi Cole presents at mentoring luncheon  Funmi Cole presents at mentor luncheon

Dr. Linda Thurston presides at mentor luncheon  Dr. Bob Hachiya speaks at mentor luncheon

Mentoring luncheon participants speak  Drs. Susan Yelich Biniecki, Grace Liang and Lori Martinie at the mentoring luncheon

New Faculty Orientation, August 2013

2013 faculty orientation  2013 faculty orientation
2013 faculty orientation  Dr. Paul Burden speaks at 2013 orientation
Dennis Devenney speaks at 2013 orientation  2013 faculty orientation

New Faculty Orientation, August 2012

  Mentoring Program photo  Mentoring Program photo

Academic Parenthood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family
Research Presentation
November 2, 2012

Academic Parenthood presentation photo  Academic Parenthood presentation photo

Academic Parenthood presentation photo

Dr. Jeff Zacharakis
Mentoring Program Coordinator

COE Mentoring Program logo

An article from the International Journal of Learning about our program:
A Ten-Year Faculty Mentoring Program: Administrator, Mentor, and Mentee Perspectives (PDF)
Authors: Linda P. Thurston, Lori Navarrete and Teresa Miller