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.

No upcoming sessions.

Past Sessions

Spring 2021

Negotiating Obstacles and Maintaining Progress

February 23, 2021


Amy Gorin (Psychological Science, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy)
Masha Gordina (Mathematics)
Linda C. Halgunseth (Human Development and Family Sciences)
Michael Lynch (Philosophy, Humanities Institute)

Reviewing Goals, Recognizing Your Own Accomplishments, Future Planning

April 5, 2021


Jamie Kleinman and Ken Perez (Psychological Sciences, Avery Point)
Helen Rozwadowski and Melanie Newport (History, Avery Point/Hartford)
Lisa Eaton and Ryan Watson (HDFS, Storrs)


Presentation: Reviewing Goals, Recognizing Your Own Accomplishments, Future Planning

Fall 2020

9/11/2020 – What Is Mentoring and Why Is It Important?

For: Tenure-System, In-Residence, and Clinical Faculty

  • 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

Mentoring Map Worksheet

Mentee Needs and Goal Setting Worksheet

Mapping a Mentoring Roadmap and Developing a Supportive Network for Strategic Career Advancement

"Why Mentoring?" presentation

Video: "What Is Mentoring and Why Is It Important?"

10/27/20 – Building a Teaching Portfolio

For: In-Residence Faculty


Michael Finiguerra (EEB)
Suzanne LaFleur (CETL)
Stephen Stifano (Communication)


Teaching Portfolios: Tips to Get Started

11/6/20 – Setting Realistic Goals

For: Tenure-System, In-Residence, and Clinical Faculty


In-Residence Faculty and Lecturers
Andrew Jolly-Ballantine (Geography)
Lisa Blansett (English)
John Redden (Physiology and Neurobiology)
Ken Lachlan (Communication Department Head)

Tenure-System Faculty
Inge-Marie Eigsti (Psychology)
Elizabeth Holzer (Sociology)
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez (History and Hartford Campus Director)
Michael Lynes (Molecular and Cell Biology Department Head)


"Setting Realistic Goals: Areas of Consideration" presentation

"Setting Realistic Goals for Research" presentation by Elizabeth Holzer, associate professor of sociology and human rights

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