Departmental Statement on Mentoring (Adopted October 2007)

This message is intended to communicate to new faculty and mentors the expectations for mentoring in Modern and Classical Language Studies. Mentoring is an important part of the process leading to tenure and promotion. Mentoring can also help new faculty members become adjusted to departmental, college and university procedures more quickly, and can play an important role in helping faculty fully develop their teaching and research potential.

Initial Assignment and Meetings: The department assigns one or occasionally two mentors to each new faculty member immediately after he or she is hired, and provides the mentor’s contact information to the new faculty member. The mentor(s), however, are expected to initiate a first meeting early in the first semester and may wish to contact the faculty member before he/she arrives to welcome him/her to the department and answer any questions. New faculty are encouraged to bring to the mentor’s attention the specific issues with which they need assistance. Much mentoring also takes place on a less formal basis without the need for a special meeting.

All initial mentoring assignments expire after the first semester. At that time, a permanent mentor or mentors will be assigned. The new faculty member is encouraged to provide input into the selection of the mentor(s).

Mentoring after the first semester: There is no set requirement for the number of meetings, but a minimum of once per semester is recommended for the first two years. Also strongly recommended is one meeting immediately before the first full reappointment file is submitted, and before the submission of the tenure file.

Mentoring Topics: Each new faculty member has different needs and would prioritize the following list differently. During their first meeting, mentors and “mentees” may want to discuss which of the topics on this list need coverage. If the mentor or mentee realizes at any point during the process that additional assistance is needed in a particular area, either should feel free to request that a second mentor be assigned.

  • file preparation and reappointment/tenure/promotion in MCLS
  • research: commenting on written work, where to submit articles, how to prepare and submit grant applications, etc.
  • teaching: advice on handling issues with students, teaching techniques, etc.; issues related to advising
  • other specific policies and procedures, such as computers, travel money, research leaves, and merit pay procedures
  • how the University works (faculty governance structure, College and University level opportunities for citizenship)
  • orientation to Kent and NE Ohio; assistance before arriving at KSU