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It is well known that mentoring is valuable to a successful academic career. The goal of mentoring is to enhance professional socialization, career development and ultimately faculty retention and advancement.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development supports two formal mentoring programs:

  • The first attempts to assist junior faculty in identifying senior faculty who can guide them in either general academic career counselling or specific areas of teaching, scholarship, clinical service, and/or community involvement/service. The Mentor/Mentee pair is a voluntary relationship and, to be successful, depends on a good relationship (chemistry) between the two with clear expectations of each. If the junior faculty member needs assistance in identifying potential mentor candidates, s/he can complete the Mentee Expectation Worksheet, and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development will help identify potential mentors based on the information/needs addressed.  Once a mentoring pair is identified, the two commit and notify the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development by completing the Mentoring Agreement form.

  • The second, titled Faculty Networking Group, is based upon a peer mentoring model with senior faculty facilitators aimed at helping newly hired faculty to ‘on-board’ in the School of Medicine. This approach assigns new faculty members to a circle of colleagues (8-10) who will meet periodically with guidance from 2 to 3 senior faculty members to discuss issues common to the group. The groups meet together 2-3 times a year.

For more information about being a mentee or a mentor/facilitator, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development at (806) 743-3010.

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