The PSOM Speed Mentoring Program in Work-Life Integration Pilot

We are piloting a new program to run during the 2019-2020 academic year: PSOM Speed Mentoring for Work-Life Integration. The idea is help junior faculty reach out to established faculty and in essence ask: “how do you do it?” Through this program, we hope to contribute meaningfully toward supporting a culture that values mentoring in its many forms, specifically 

  • Increase a sense of belongingness for all faculty participants
  • Encourage connections, both professional and personal, that cross division/department lines
  • Provide a channel through which established faculty work-life experiences can operate as work-life integration models for junior faculty

Here’s how the pilot will work.

  1. We recruit established faculty who are willing to offer a little time, share their experience, and provide guidance. Mentors need not be trained life coaches, have strong points of view on work-life issues, or “have it all figured out.”
  2. We establish program parameters.
    1. This is “speed mentoring” because the program commitment is 1-2 meetings per mentee of about an hour each
    2. Unless the mentor specifies otherwise, we would keep the #s to 1-2 mentees per year
    3. Mentors and mentees do not share a home division/department
  3. We publish the program for junior faculty
    1. We provide a list of potential mentors, with a few details about them, including hobbies, and areas of work-life integration in which they are most comfortable discussing – Mentees do not reach out to them directly. 
    2. Mentees select their top 3-5 choices and send them to FAPD via form
    3. FAPD provides introductions and contact information, including scheduler information
  4. We evaluate the program at the end of the academic year

Sign-Up to Be a Speed Mentor for Work-Life Integration