Online resources

A key element of successful mentoring is first understanding what one wants to achieve! Everyone has a slightly different expectation of how to be a mentor, what a protégé needs, and how to be a good protégé. This is not surprising, given the wide range of applications of mentoring, such as for troubled youth to the business environment. Within higher education, mentoring usually conjures up a notion of faculty or professional staff supporting students, and less so the topic that we are focusing on, the mentoring of new faculty. And even within the context of faculty mentoring faculty, there are many models.

That said, we have gotten many good ideas from a range of sources. once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, and your preferred modes of interaction, you will be able to sift through these multitudes of approaches and find some ideas that are gems.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Grinnell has an institutional membership and long-standing relationship with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). This organization started with a focus on faculty diversity, but has expanded their popular programming to a wide range of faculty.

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education

Organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the COACHE collaborative aimed more at an institutional level than at the individual level. Its focus is on the needs for faculty to become successful, and support of and communication among faculty development researchers. That said, they have some great resources for individuals as well.

William T. Grant Foundation

The W. T. Grant Foundation has a couple of nice documents (here and here) talking about mentoring skills and expectations that are useful if you are looking for something concise as a starter. They are primarily interested in the mentoring of youth, but there are some fine ideas here that are much more universal.

The Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico

This organization has an annual conference primarily focused on mentoring of students, and secondarily on faculty, but also on mentoring more generally. They have a blog with a variety of topics, but also a reasonably extensive list of relevant links.

Peer Resources

An organization in Canada that appears to have both commercial and free resources, and an extensive set of links to mentoring programs and advice. For those who like to browse a lot of links, this is a great resource, but we don't necessarily endorse any of these as exemplary, so it's "buyer beware."


Do you have some links that you would like to share with us? We're eager for new resources!