Center for Mentoring

The Center for MentoringThe faculty of the University of Pittsburgh are one of the University’s greatest assets. The Mentoring Center will serve as a central resource to support professional excellence by encouraging growth and development of faculty as teachers and scholars. By learning how to be effective mentors and mentees, faculty can strengthen their professional interactions and connections with students, helping to prepare students for success at Pitt and for lives of impact beyond campus.

Mentoring Faculty

Both junior and senior faculty can benefit from mentoring. When you’re just beginning your career as a faculty member, you’ll undoubtedly have many questions, like:

    • How do I navigate difficult conversations with my department chair?
    • What is the best way to handle a student who I caught cheating in my class?
    • How much time should I spend on service for my tenure and promotion package?
    • What should I do to raise my teaching evaluation scores?
    • Getting insight from someone who has traveled this road before can be useful.
 

For more experienced faculty, there are rewards for serving as a mentor to new faculty. Some of the rewards include:

    • Improving your own visibility in your field or department
    • The personal satisfaction of helping another faculty member succeed
    • Shaping the culture of your institution
    • Improving the reputation of your department
 

Some schools and departments have more formalized (and sometimes rewarded) mentoring programs; however, informal mentoring and informal learning are critical success factors for many faculty. Sometimes the best mentors come from other departments, schools and institutions.

The Center for Mentoring hosts events throughout the year to help mentors, mentees, and administrators establish, improve, and evaluate mentorship programs that benefit all participants. Click the button below to learn about upcoming Center for Mentoring events across campus that might benefit you.

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The following resources may also be helpful to you:
 

If you have questions about the Center for Mentoring, please contact teaching@pitt.edu.