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.
- 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.”
- We establish program parameters.
- This is “speed mentoring” because the program commitment is 1-2 meetings per mentee of about an hour each
- Unless the mentor specifies otherwise, we would keep the #s to 1-2 mentees per year
- Mentors and mentees do not share a home division/department
- We publish the program for junior faculty
- 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.
- Mentees select their top 3-5 choices and send them to FAPD via form
- FAPD provides introductions and contact information, including scheduler information
- We evaluate the program at the end of the academic year