Development Mentor Program
The Office of Professional Development has designed a
mentor program for those faculty and staff who aspire to
a management or leadership position. It is also for
those experienced managers who want to take the next
step and move into a higher-level administrative
The purpose of the Professional Development Mentor
Program is to provide opportunities for employees who
have a desire to develop and enhance their career
development opportunities, to be paired with a mentor
who will guide, advise and motivate them to continue to
improve their skills and knowledge and grow with the
College into a management or leadership position.
The Professional Development Mentor Program is open to
all full-time and adjunct faculty, classified and
confidential staff and administrators.
- To encourage
motivated employees to develop themselves to their
- To retain good
- To grow future
managers and administrators for the College
- To create and foster
effective and mutually beneficial relationships
between the mentors and mentees
- Current and aspiring
managers will have an opportunity to gain knowledge
and skills that will assist them in moving up to the
- Mentorship will be a
non-evaluative, relaxed relationship focused on
To participate either as a mentor or mentee in the
Professional Development Mentor Program, please contact
Leslie Carr in the Professional Development office at
email@example.com or at campus extension 3100.
Mentor Program for New Online Faculty
The Mentor Program for New Online Faculty is designed to
provide additional support to instructors during the
first semester or two of online teaching. The program
will pair new online instructors with instructors who
are experienced with online teaching in order to provide
feedback on course design and offer ongoing
encouragement and advice.
Mentors will earn 8 hours of FLEX credit per semester,
with a maximum of 16 hours per academic year.
New online instructors can request a mentor by
contacting Jennifer Brezina at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an
experienced online instructor and would like to become a
mentor, please contact Jennifer Brezina at the same
email address listed above.
New Fulltime Faculty Mentor Program
Newly hired fulltime faculty can have the benefit of
having a “friend in the business” at COC; mentors can
help newcomers work on professional projects, develop
curriculum, or they can be simply a source of guidance
and information, all in a non-evaluative manner.
To sign up to be a mentor, please contact Leslie Carr at
campus extension 3100 or at
email@example.com. Eight hours of FLEX credit
per semester will be given to mentors.
Mentor Program for Noncredit Faculty
The Mentor Program for Noncredit Faculty is designed to provide additional support to noncredit instructors who are interested in improving their teaching skills. The program will pair noncredit instructors with others who are experienced teachers in order to provide feedback on course design as well as ongoing encouragement and advice. Some participants may desire feedback and advice regarding general teaching strategies, while other participants may be interested in issues specific to noncredit teaching, such as managing multi-level classes, open entry/open exit classes, and off-campus teaching. The primary purposes of this program are to encourage reflection and discussion of noncredit pedagogy and to provide moral support for noncredit instructors.
Qualifications for Mentors
-Fulltime faculty members who have expertise in active learning, assessment techniques or working with nontraditional student populations
--Completion of the one-hour Noncredit Faculty Mentor Training session
Mentors will earn 6 hours of FLEX credit per semester, with a maximum of 12 hours per academic year. The time requirements for mentors are as follows:
--Attend a mentor training session prior to mentoring a noncredit instructor (1 hour)
--Meet with the new instructor prior to the class being offered to provide feedback on course design (1 hour)
--Meet with the new instructor (formally and informally) throughout the semester to provide ongoing support (4 hours)
--As schedules are created, noncredit instructors can request a mentor by contacting Jose Martin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of these new instructors, including their disciplines, will be compiled.
--A list of potential mentors based on the qualifications listed above will be generated each semester with the assistance of the Community and Continuing Education office. These instructors will be contacted to ask the if they are interested in being a mentor. If possible, mentors will be matched with instructors from their discipline.
Adjunct Faculty Mentor Program
Adjunct faculty bring a wealth of experience to COC, often from other campuses and also from industry. Newly hired adjuncts can be "shown the ropes," including the resources that are available on campus, by a colleague who understands what it is like to work in different locations at odd hours.
Adjuncts who have completed the Associate's Program are eligible to be mentors. Those interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, please contact Ruth Rassool at email@example.com.