Mentoring and Faculty
As a faculty member working with a mentored course you will have the opportunity to work with a peer mentor who will in turn be working with some to all of the students in your class. The purpose of having a peer mentor involved is to work together to encourage students in successful learning habits. Peer mentors can learn valuable information about the students as they meet with them individually that may help you work with the students. Mentors can also emphasize key points and skills to the students, relating to the course, per your instruction.
Expectations for Faculty Relationships
Email to you from our office notifying you about your participation
Email to you from your peer mentor introducing themselves and their role
Initial meeting with peer mentor to discuss how they can best be helpful to you and your students
Continued contact with peer mentor as per your agreement/preference
Work with peer mentor to help struggling students
You may have the peer mentor attend class if that is applicable/helpful
Suggestions for a good experience
Meet with your peer mentor as early as possible
Clarify with your mentor the purpose of mentoring and how it can be beneficial to students - Ask us questions!
Let your mentor know what your course goals are and how they can support you
Invite your mentor to refer struggling students to you or your TAs (based on preference)
Peer mentors sometimes organize group lunches with their students to build relationships and continue mentoring conversations. You have the opportunity to participate in these lunches per your interest. If you choose to participate we will order you a meal card that you may use to fund your lunch on these occasions. After every lunch, the receipt of purchase must be turned into our office - you peer mentor can do this for you.
Lunches with faculty may be beneficial to students in talking about research opportunities, careers in the field, future classes available, discussing an assignment, or simply building relationships with students. Please contact your mentor at the BEGINNING of the semester if you wish to possibly participate, or get more information.
(Testimonials coming soon)