SRJC's mentoring program pairs each new faculty member with a tenured faculty member from a different discipline. Each mentor/mentee pair creates a meeting schedule that includes at least one meeting a month for about an hour. These meetings can be on or off campus and are meant to provide new faculty with an extra layer of support as they move into their new role at SRJC and their new Sonoma County surroundings. Additionally, there are four mentor/mentee networking events each year for the entire group of mentors and new faculty that include: the Harvey Hansen BBQ, held the beginning of September; an afternoon social at a local winery, held in September or October; an evening social at Vice President Mary Kay's house, held in February or March; and Soupfest, held in April or May.
Below are some suggested ideas of things for a mentor to cover or do to assist new faculty. These are ideas from former participants in the program, but the list is by no means exhaustive or prescriptive.
- Share information about campus committees.
- Offer to visit the new faculty member’s classroom to observe their teaching and/or offer to let them visit your classroom to observe your teaching.
- Assist with familiarity/location of campus sites.
- Share knowledge of key people/contacts on campus.
- Assist with procedures for accessing services such as getting business cards, computer services, etc.
- Offer some off-campus interaction like lunch downtown.
- Assist with understanding of funding/budget.
- Discover their interests and introduce them to campus folks with like interests.
- Share information about the local community, especially if the new faculty member is new to the area.
- Encourage them to serve as a mentor in the future.
- Any other facts or advice you wish you’d known as a new faculty member.