Faculty Mentoring

The Office of the Dean of Faculty supports the mentoring of early-career faculty through a diverse set of initiatives. Our approach is based on the idea that mentoring is best accomplished using a multi-situated approach to faculty development. This approach places the faculty member at the center of their career and supports their ability to build an effective mentoring network that aligns with their personal goals. The College offers a number of different programming opportunities for faculty to to connect with colleagues and to support their professional development. Faculty Fridays, our institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and grant writing workshops are just a few examples.

At the beginning of the semester, the Office of the Dean of Faculty hosts a new faculty orientation. During this session, new faculty hear from College leadership, learn more about teaching at Mount Holyoke College, and have the opportunity to connect with various College offices and resources, such as the MHC Art Museum, the Office of Sponsored Research, Student Life, Libraries & Archives, and AccessAbility Services. The program ends with time to informally meet new colleagues.

New tenure-track faculty can elect to join in a faculty seminar on life at the College. This seminar is coordinated by the dean of faculty's office and the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Early-career faculty are also encouraged to have regular conversations with either of the associate deans of faculty regarding teaching, scholarship and professional development at the College. These conversations are intended as a starting point from which the associate dean and the faculty member can work in partnership to develop a network of mentors.