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New Faculty Mentorship Program

Description: The new faculty program is designed to facilitate role transition, to support excellence in teaching, to guide growth in scholarship, and to provide a formal means of support for new faculty members in the College of Nursing.

Guidelines: Associate and Assistant Deans pair each new faculty members with an experienced faculty mentor (or co-mentor) appropriate to their role.

Mentor Roles

  • Welcome and support the new faculty member.
  • Communicate on a regular basis to facilitate new faculty transition to the teaching, scholarship, and service roles.
  • Identify needs and provide information when needed.
  • Review relevant SD Board of Regents, SDSU, and College of Nursing programs and policies, especially in the areas of faculty role performance, course and clinical grading, evaluation of students, appropriate interactions/guidance of students, web-based instructional resources, and professional development opportunities.
  • Invite and accompany new faculty member to meetings or events within the College, SDSU, professional health care and scholarly communities.
  • Orient faculty to library and other campus or site-specific facilities.
  • Informally evaluate the mentorship experience twice during the academic year in collaboration with the mentee and request support from Associate and Assistant Deans as needed

Mentee Roles

  • Develop goals for role transition to an SDSU College of Nursing faculty position.
  • Share role transition goals with mentor and establish an ongoing communication plan for the academic year.
  • Communicate with the mentor on a regular basis to facilitate transition to the teaching, scholarship, and service roles and related teams.
  • Review relevant SD Board of Regents, SDSU, and College of Nursing programs and policies, especially in the areas of faculty role performance, course and clinical grading, evaluation of students, appropriate interactions/guidance of students, web-based instructional resources, and professional development opportunities.
  • Seek opportunities to participate in meetings or events within the College, SDSU, and the greater professional, health care and scholarly communities.
  • Access library and other campus or site-specific facilities.
  • Informally evaluate the mentorship experience twice during the academic year in collaboration with the mentor and request support from Associate and Assistant Deans as needed.

Associated link:  New faculty orientation guide and checklist*

Revised: 1/2015
Reviewed by Bylaws/Handbook committee: 1/2018; 3/2021
University Links up-dated: 11/2015; 1/2018

*Requires InsideState password