Faculty Mentoring Program Evaluation
The FMPW is now part of the Collaborative Faculty Mentoring Program hosted by the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning.
The Faculty Mentoring Program for Women included over 136 women. Participants attended monthly luncheons with their mentors to talk about issues that concern them. In addition, all tenure-track women were invited to attend monthly brown bag lunches on topics such as how to negotiate the challenges of maternity leave, grant writing, and progress towards tenure. The brown bags provided an additional venue for peer mentoring among women faculty.
Participants report that they find support from the program in ways that departments cannot or are not providing. Participants mention that being able to meet other tenure-track women outside their department helps them to discuss and solve problems and to feel less isolated. In addition, the mentors express a sense of renewal from having the opportunity to work with junior colleagues. As one senior faculty member put it, “Listening to my mentee’s enthusiasm reminds me of why I took this job in the first place.”
Goals of the Faculty Mentoring Program for Women:
To provide information and resources that support academic activities, resulting in increased effectiveness and visibility of women faculty
Balance Life and Work
To help women faculty reach strategic career goals by providing an environment where they can discuss the conflicting demands of work and family, and prioritize the diverse demands of teaching, research, and service
To orient new women faculty to UTEP, helping them better manage relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The program assists women faculty in their professional development through the guidance and support of peers and experienced faculty mentors. The program offers group mentoring for STEM women. New women faculty from every department assemble at monthly brown bag lunches to discuss topics such as how to negotiate the challenges of maternity, progress towards tenure, and definitions of leadership. Since 2000, 80 women have participated in the program.