"All URI colleges shall implemant a mentoring policy that provides for effective mentoring for their new faculty. This mentoring shall consist of career-advancing guidance, as well as social and psychological support for the new faculty member. College policies shall include the provision of one or more mentor(s) to each new faculty member, some form of mentor training, and regular "checking in" to ensure that the needs of junior are being met"
Approved by URI Provost M. Beverly Swan, December 21, 2006
In 2006, the Provost of the University endorsed the creation of a campus-wide Faculty Mentoring Program. Recognizing that many departments/colleges had excellent mentoring programs well underway, the need existed to have formal expectations and a set of resources in place to ensure that all new faculty were provided good mentoring.
ADVANCE facilitated the efforts of the Provost"s office and individual departments by helping colleges develop their programs, soliciting and training new mentors, informally touching base to ensure that mentoring relationships were satisfactory, functioning as a resource for both junior faculty and mentors if challenges arise, and maintaining a mentor data base. The role of ADVANCE in this regard was to promote better understanding and sustained attention to the critical importance of good mentoring.