Mentoring Program

Learn from the Success of Others

The Mentoring Program will help new faculty set realistic goals, plan for the future, learn about the institution, reduce isolation, and develop an ongoing friendship with a colleague.

Whether you are new to teaching or just new to Minnesota State Mankato, your first year will be quite an adjustment. The CETL mentoring program allows our new colleagues to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful.

Full-time, first year probationary faculty are paired with seasoned colleagues to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful. We link faculty across departments and colleges, so they can be assured that conversations are confidential and get a different perspective on life at the University. The CETL Faculty Mentoring program was created at the request of the Faculty Association.

Mentors can aid new faculty in many ways:

  • by enhancing teaching skills and intellectual development;
  • by modeling effective teaching strategies and professional behavior;
  • by facilitating and influencing the new faculty member's entry and advancement into academia;
  • by acquainting new faculty with the customs, values, roles, responsibilities and resources at the University in particular and in academia in general;
  • by providing individualized problem-solving assistance; and by providing confidential guidance and nurturing.

The Mentoring Program will help new faculty set realistic goals, plan for the future, learn about the "big picture,” reduce isolation, and develop an ongoing friendship with a peer faculty member. Mentoring pairs are encouraged to meet in person once per month. Other interaction and communications, such as office visits and e-mail messages, will be strongly encouraged. Each mentor pair will decide exactly how to arrange their relationship and topics to address, although CETL can provide discussion prompts and other resources to support you.

The CETL Mentor Program is open to all new faculty who are full-time, probationary tenure track faculty. Requests for a mentor will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early!

For request a mentor or volunteer to be a mentor, email cetl@mnsu.edu