Associate Professor Mentoring Communities

Designed to engage participants in promotion preparation and larger career planning/advancement, the Associate Professor Mentoring Communities will combine monthly whole-community, workshop-oriented meetings with smaller peer mentoring groups each guided by specific topics and tasks.

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, participants will focus primarily on planning and preparation for promotion, and in the spring they will expand this view to plan for broad and long-term career advancement.


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
  • Develop skills and strategies to gain the time and resources needed for promotion preparation and career advancement
  • Develop the skills necessary to measure and enhance the impact of ones 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

Application Process and Deadline

The application period for the 2018-19 academic year is now closed.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and selected by Faculty Excellence.


Each associate professor mentoring community will consist of 4-8 faculty from across the university. The communities will be formed based on participants’ stated interests, with the goal of creating cross-university experiences. We are looking into the ability to match each mentoring community with a Professor who will assist with coaching.

Community Expectations

Participants are expected to attend monthly whole group meetings and also attend monthly small group meetings of their own community.


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

  • Welcome and Orientation – August 17, 1-3 p.m.
  • Conducting a self-inventory and identifying a path and initial goals – August 31, 12-2 p.m.
  • Creating SMART goals and doing a gap analysis – September 14, 12-2 p.m.
  • Understanding and relating to promotion criteria and UCF’s strategic plan – October 12, 12-2 p.m.
  • Designing and implementing your promotion preparation plans (~3-5 years) – November 9, 12-2 p.m.
  • Working toward a promotion dossier, thinking beyond promotion – January 11, 12-2 p.m.
  • Designing your broader career path ( ~5-10 years) – February 8, 12-2 p.m.
  • Developing negotiation and other skills, refining your mentoring network – March 8, 12-2 p.m.
  • Debrief around sharing your plans, celebration – April 5, 12-2 p.m.


Small mentoring group meetings. Smaller groups will meet monthly during the last 30 minutes of the whole-community meeting to discuss work on specific topics and activities, some of which their members will identify.

Participant Expectations

Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of the whole and community 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, mentoring communities will present topics explored during the year and share their promotion and career advancement plans (and possibly other projects undertaken in the small mentoring groups) 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 Communities. Participants will be asked to provide information about the program experience during two points in the year. First half-way through and then again at the end of the program. For formative purposes, results will be helpful in making changes over the course of the year; 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.


Questions can be directed to Faculty Excellence at or 407-823-1113.