Associate Professor Mentoring Communities

Designed to engage participants in promotion preparation and larger career planning/advancement, the Associate Professor Mentoring Community (APMC) will consist of monthly whole-community, workshop-oriented meetings guided by specific topics and tasks.  Small group and individual mentoring opportunities may also be developed as needed.

These communities are open to new and experienced tenured associate professors and will bring together faculty from across UCF to build diverse mentoring and support networks.

In the fall community, participants will focus primarily on planning and preparation for promotion, and in the spring community, they will be centered on the development of Career Action Plans for new Associate Professors.

Goals

Participants will:

  • Form peer mentoring relationships and networks with a diverse group of faculty leaders from across the university, including other associate professors and professors
  • Develop a concrete promotion plan and larger career advancement plan, both focused on research and leadership goals
  • Create strategies to gain the time and resources needed for promotion preparation and career advancement
  • Learn to measure and enhance the impact of one’s research, including ways to connect it to the values articulated in the university’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan
  • Receive encouragement and support from a community mentoring experience

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and selected by Faculty Excellence.

Structure

The associate professor mentoring community will consist of faculty from across the university. The community will be formed with the goal of creating cross-university experiences.

Community Expectations

Participants are expected to attend monthly whole group meetings and any related mentoring gatherings or appointments.

Fall Community Meeting Dates

Monthly all-community, workshop-style meetings. Faculty members who participate in the community are expected to participate in the following whole group monthly meetings:

Associate Professors Preparing Promotion Files (Fall ’19)

Deliverable: Impact Statement

Target Audience: Associate Professors planning to go up in the next year or two

  • Session #1 (8/23): Introduction – Overview of Promotion Guidelines
  • Session #2 (9/13): Overview of Impact Statements
  • Session #3 (10/11): Impact Statement Workshop
  • Session #4 (11/8): Presentation of Impact Statements

Participant Expectations

Participants are expected to attend at least 75% of APMC meetings. Those who meet attendance expectations will receive a Certificate of Completion for use in annual evaluation and promotion materials. At the debrief and celebration meeting, the mentoring community will present topics explored during the year and share their promotion and career advancement plans and ideas about how participants have applied and/or will utilize what they learned.

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is an integral part of the Associate Professor Mentoring Community. Participants will be asked to provide information about the program experience on at least three occasions during the semester. For formative purposes, results will be helpful in making changes over the course of the program; for summative purposes, the data will help to make program revisions for future years. Results obtained will not be used to evaluate any faculty member.

Application Process and Deadline

The application period for the fall 2019 community is now open. Apply by Aust 15, 2019.