Faculty Mentoring

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to building an academic environment where faculty feel valued and can thrive. Mentoring is beneficial at all stages of an academic career, and the College supports these connections. A good mentoring network not only enhances individuals’ career paths, but also creates an inclusive culture where current and prospective community members can see themselves being successful.

Early-Career Faculty Mentoring

The College launched a new program in the 2020-21 academic year to help CLAS assistant professors develop strong mentoring relationships and get the most out of them. The program’s objectives are to:

  • Describe what mentoring is and why it’s important
  • Develop a mentoring network across different areas and work successfully within that network
  • Create realistic short-term and long-term goals for individually-defined success
  • Identify and negotiate obstacles to success
  • Recognize how to balance and integrate scholarship, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrate strategies for work/life balance

Resources from this program are available to the UConn community.

Fall 2020 Sessions

What Is Mentoring and Why Is It Important?

Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Overview of mentoring
  • Panel discussion
    • Kim Gans (HDFS)
    • Amy Howell (Chemistry)
    • Jeffrey Ogbar (History)
  • Breakout discussion groups
  • Reconvene for review and next steps

Setting Realistic Goals

Spring 2021 Sessions

Negotiating Obstacles and Maintaining Progress

Reviewing Goals, Recognizing Your Own Accomplishments, Future Planning

For more information about CLAS mentoring programs, please contact clas@uconn.edu.