Mentoring Effort Provides Collegial Support for Faculty
It is well documented that appropriate mentoring and support can significantly shorten the professional learning curve. The ADVANCE Faculty Mentoring Program provides robust support for tenure-track faculty as they begin their professional journeys at UNC Charlotte, and as they advance towards promotion and tenure. The mentoring initiatives provided by ADVANCE include one-to-one and/or group support for new faculty. New Faculty are matched with a mentor outside of their home departments to forge connections across UNC Charlotte, and to allow new faculty to gain different perspectives. These university-wide efforts augment, but are not a replacement for, the mentoring and coaching provided within faculty's home colleges and departments. Mentoring is also available for mid-career faculty. The goal of this programming is to provide associate professors with important insights into strategies to engage in proactive, intentional career planning for promotion to full professor.