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Faculty Leadership Mentor Program 

The purpose of the *new* Faculty Leadership Mentor Program is to cultivate faculty leadership development at UC San Diego and increase mentorship opportunities for underrepresented faculty, including faculty of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. 

Given the dearth of faculty of color and women in leadership positions in higher education, this FDI mentorship program focuses primarily on increasing the representation of women and faculty of color in academic leadership.  The ultimate goal is to support faculty success and advancement and improve faculty retention among underrepresented groups.

Accepted mentees will be matched with experienced faculty leaders, who have or are currently serving in a leadership role on campus.  The program will also provide an opportunity for leadership development and networking.  Components of this year-long program include a program orientation, monthly mentor-mentee meetings, mentoring resources, and a closing event to be announced at a later date.   Additionally, both mentors and mentees will receive a modest fund for leadership development activities to support their continued growth and success.

We are currently welcoming applications for Faculty Leader Mentors through March 29, 2021.  Please read eligibility, application, and participation requirements below. 

All tenured Academic Senate Faculty, including Teaching Professors with security of employment, are eligible to participate. Underrepresented faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.  For inquiries, please email vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu

Program Components and Expectations

Participants (Mentors and Mentees) are expected to actively participate in all components of the program for a full year.

  • Mentor Training: date TBD
  • Program Kickoff Meeting: date TBD
  • Mentor-Mentee Meetings:
    • At least 1-hr, once a month, scheduled at the convenience of the mentor-mentee pair (for a total of 12 meetings).
    • Meetings will focus on gaining insight into the University system, leadership & management styles, professional development opportunities, career path exploration, or coaching to address workplace challenges.
  • E-journal (mentees only):
    • The e-journal is for personal reflections, to track questions, lessons, and insights.
    • The e-journal is for the benefit of mentees only – it will not need to be submitted.
    • A summary of key takeaways and reflections will be requested at the end of the year.
  • Mentors and Mentees will each receive a $250 fund for leadership development activities that support their ongoing growth and success

Faculty Mentor Eligibility

To be eligible to serve as mentor, faculty must meet the following criteria:

  • Member of the Academic Senate
  • Full Professor, Distinguished Professor or Emeriti and Title/Rank Equivalents on General Campus, Health Sciences or SIO
  • Previously held or currently holding a formal leadership position, including but not limited to:
    • Dean or Associate Dean
    • College Provost
    • Department Chair or Vice Chair
    • Vice Chancellor or Associate Vice Chancellor
    • Program or Center Director
    • Senate Committee Chair or Vice Chair
    • CAP Chair
  • Able to fulfill program expectations
  • Interested in sharing leadership lessons and tips, and helping faculty become better leaders
  • Committed to equity, diversity and inclusion

Faculty Mentor Application

 A successful application submission will consist of the following:

  1. Online Application Form: https://ucsd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZgTky91zPleXP0
  2. Mentor Statement addressing the following: 
    1. Why are you interested in being a mentor?
    2. What is your approach to faculty mentorship?
    3. What was your pathway to academic leadership?
    4. What would you like your mentee to know about you?
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Please submit items 2-3 in one file to: vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu, with subject line: “Faculty Leadership Mentor Program Application.”

Faculty Mentee Eligibility

To be eligible to serve as mentee, faculty must meet the following criteria:

  • Tenured faculty in the Professorial title series and other Senate title equivalents on General Campus, Health Sciences or SIO
  • Able to fulfill program expectations
  • Interested in pursuing a leadership position for the first time or pursuing a higher level position
  • Interested in developing academic leadership skills more broadly
  • Committed to equity, diversity and inclusion

Underrepresented faculty, including underrepresented minorities (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American), women, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Faculty Mentee Application

A successful application submission (due April 28, 2021) will consist of the following:

  1. Online Application Form: https://ucsd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3dAMOZyh67s4LPM  
  2. Personal Statement addressing the following:
    1. Tell us about your interest in leadership and past leadership experience
    2. Mentorship goals – what do you hope to gain or learn?
    3. What would you like your mentor to know about you?
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Please submit items 2-3 in one file to: vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu, Subject line: “Faculty Leadership Mentor Program Application.”

 

Mentor – Mentee Matching Process

Mentees will be selected based on eligibility and availability of appropriate mentors.  Once selected, applicants will have the opportunity to read through mentor bios and CVs and rank their top choices.  Final matching will be based on mentor and mentee preferences, mentee rankings, and mentee goals.  We will make every effort to match mentees with one of their top choices.