The scholarship on faculty retention and satisfaction identifies mentoring networks as the common characteristic of a successful start to an academic career and its continued development This is especially true for female and minority faculty. In particular multiple mentoring, through which faculty locate and depend on several different mentors throughout their careers, has been found to be more successful than the traditional model of one mentor.
In a multiple mentoring network, the protégé might pursue a mentoring relationship with a senior academic in their field, a peer in a similar position at another university, and/or an administrator in a role that they hope to one day perform. This kind of mentoring network has also been called “mutual mentoring” because it offers a more flexible model for mentoring that does not assume a one mentor/one mentee relationship in which the mentor must have all the expertise to guide their protégé through what may be a diverse and wide-ranging career path.
The Mentoring Networks are designed to supplement, enhance and support the already existing models of mentoring at Tufts. This Network focuses on five main areas that faculty at all stages find challenging:
Academia has long been perceived to be an isolating career choice. At several stages of one’s academic career, it can be hard to know where to turn for guidance. The Network Mentoring program has several objectives in mind:
For more information about the Mutual Mentoring Mini-Grants, click here.
For more information about the Faculty of Color Mutual Mentoring Initiative, click here.
Adapted from UMass Amherst