- Dr. Steven Fountain, Psychological Sciences
- Dr. Janice Byrd, Counselor Education and Supervision
- Dr. Andreea Smaranda Aldea, Philosophy
- Dr. Seon Jeong “Ally” Lee, Hospitality Management
- Dr. Christa Porter, Higher Education Administration
- Dr. Amoaba Gooden, Pan-African Studies
- Dr. Jeffrey Hallam, Public Health
- Dr. Casey Boyd-Swan, Political Science
- Dr. Metin Eren, Archaeology
- Dr. Natasha Evans, Public Health
- Dr. Srinivasan “Vijay” Vijayaraghavan, Biological Sciences
- Dr. Mark Lyberger, Sport Administration
- Dr. Jennifer Roche, Speech Pathology and Audiology
- Dr. Lisa Audet, Speech Pathology and Audiology
- Dr. Angela Ridgel, Exercise Science
- Dr. Anthony Tosi, Anthropology
- Dr. Tameka Ellington, Fashion Design
WHY SHOULD YOU BE A MENTOR?
Mentoring a McNair Scholar is a rewarding service opportunity where you can truly make a difference in our students’ lives. You help them establish social capital, understand their options and realize their potential, and build their self-efficacy. You challenge them to become a true scholar and support them along the way. Additionally, you provide them assistance in developing their research skills and writing samples and help them identify conferences and presentation opportunities and future research projects.
You may also gain research publication and presentation opportunities if you choose to serve as a primary investigator on the Scholar’s study. We highly encourage such collaboration if your research interests align. We hope that you find opportunities to co-present and co-publish to enhance your CV and help Scholars develop their experiences.
Finally, for Faculty Mentors who serve in the role during a Scholar’s participation in the Summer Research Institute, a compensation of $400 in the form of a stipend check will be issued at the end of said summer.
FACULTY MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide guidance to the Scholar in researching and completing the research proposal, literature review, research design, abstract, data collection and analysis, paper and presentation.
- Supervise the Scholar’s research related activities.
- Meet with the Scholar regularly.
- File a final Faculty Mentor Report with the McNair Scholars Program Office (online form): every other week during the Summer Research Institute and once per month during the academic year.
- Participate in Faculty Mentor meetings to be held at an agreed upon time.
FACULTY MENTOR GUIDELINES
- Create a welcoming atmosphere when meeting with Scholar.
- Hold high standards to challenge Scholar while providing support and guidance.
- Assist Scholar in finding conference presentation opportunities, scholarships, fellowships, and other professional development opportunities.
- Encourage conversations about academic and nonacademic issues – often Scholars become exhausted, confused about career paths and graduate school options, and uncomfortable in the research project.
- Provide accountability to Scholar in the completion of his/her work. Be sure to highlight consequences and help Scholar understand professionalism.
- When in doubt, reach out! McNair Scholars Program Staff are always available to discuss your experiences as a Faculty Mentor and our Scholars’ progress and development.