Mentoring Program

Description and Guidelines

Mentoring Programs have been among the most popular and successful of all LFP initiatives. Mentoring Programs provide funds to nurture new and junior faculty at Network institutions and strengthen the commitment of all faculty to institutional mission. Well-constructed mentoring programs encourage new faculty as well as veteran faculty to understand and share the ethos of the school, to grow to love the questions that the institution holds dear, and to consider the importance of fundamental matters concerning the relationship between higher learning and the Christian faith. Such programs also seek to renew and deepen the commitment of the whole institution and its leaders to those central intellectual and spiritual matters.

To learn more about Mentoring Programs and to submit an application, please click here.

New Mentoring Programs

At its 2014 fall meeting, the LFP National Network Board awarded funding to the following school to host Mentoring Program on its campuses for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Aquinas University: "Teaching and Research Partnerships"
Director: Kathy S. Kremer

At its 2013 fall meeting, the LFP National Network Board awarded funding to the following school to host Mentoring Program on its campuses for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Calvin College: "Mentoring New Faculty through Classroom Observation and Collaboration"
Director: Dean Ward

Dordt College: "Perspectives in Practice"
Director: Leah A. Zuidema

Saint Louis University: "Beyond Branding: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Corporate Models of Higher Education"
Co-Directors:Christopher Collins, S.J., and Michael Barber, S.J.

Ongoing Mentoring Programs

At its 2011 fall meeting, the LFP National Network Board awarded funding to the following schools to host Mentoring Programs on their campuses for the 2012-2013 academic year:

Hope College: Initium: A Newly Integrated Program for Mentoring New Faculty to be Mission-Oriented Teacher-Scholars
Co-Directors: Carol Simon, Interim Dean for Social Sciences and Professor of Philosophy, Jack Mulder, Professor of Philosophy, and Laura Pardo, Professor of Education

Hope College plans to redesign its existing mentoring programs into an integrated program which will be more effective in serving all new faculty members.  The program will provide new faculty with insight into what it means to be a mission-oriented professor at Hope College and will equip them with skills and knowledge to become full participants in Hope’s mission as a liberal arts college in the context of the historic Christian faith.  The mentoring grant will support the redesign of the mentoring program at Hope, including the development of new syllabi and lesson plans for the workshops that stretch from just before new faculty start teaching through their second year as Hope faculty.

Salve Regina: Mentoring Junior Faculty for Mission

Directors: Donna M. Cook, Ed.D, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and Dean de la Motte, Ph.D., Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Salve Regina University’s mentoring program for junior faculty is a new pilot program to serve as the catalyst and framework for a permanent commitment to faculty mentoring in subsequent years.  The goals of the mentoring program are to use the Salve Regina mission as a guidepost for all university programming, whether academic or co-curricular to integrate the tenants of Catholic social teaching, incorporate the Mercy charism into instruction wherever possible, and to bring the ideas of service and stewardship into faculty practice.  The program will also act as a vehicle for professional development, support both the psychosocial and career aspects of development, encourage discipline-specific research both internally (with faculty and students) and externally (through professional organizations), and provide a variety of informational sessions based on faculty preferences.  It will also foster and nurture relationships, create a collegial atmosphere to encourage interaction between faculty members, offer ample opportunities for collaboration among faculty colleagues, and provide information on various constituencies across campus to encourage collaboration across divisions.  The mentoring program also seeks to enhance teaching through best practices of educational pedagogy, provide guidance on multiple teaching strategies to engage today’s learners, increase faculty awareness of available teaching tools, and present information on teaching and learning theory.

To See Recent and Past Mentoring Programs, click here.

Noteworthy News

Announcing Gordon College's Summer Seminar

Gordon College is now taking applications for its 2016 Summer Seminar in Orvieto, Italy.  See our website for more information.

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Upcoming LFP Regional Conference at Gordon College, "Islam in the Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Islam in the Classroom in a Post 9/11 World," September 21, 2015. For more information, click here or at the conference website here

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