Associate Professor Mentoring Communities

Associate Professor Mentoring Communities are small, peer-directed groups of tenured associate professors, supported by Faculty Excellence, designed to engage participants in career planning and advancement.

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, develop career advancement plans, and identify resources and opportunities needed for advancement. The general theme for the Associate Professor Mentoring Communities is career advancement planning, with an emphasis on research.


Through participating in their community, 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 an intentional career advancement plan, focused partly on research and leadership goals
  • Identify resources to assist in career advancement
  • Develop strategies to measure and enhance the impact of their 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

Application period has closed.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and selected by Faculty Excellence. Faculty will be notified no later than September 25, 2017.


Each associate professor mentoring community will consist of 5-10 faculty from across the university. The communities will be formed based on participants’ stated interests, with the goal of creating cross-university experiences.

Community Tasks

Guided by the overall theme (career advancement with an emphasis on research) and goals stated above, each community will identify more specific needs, interests, activities, and resources around which to build meeting topics and develop projects. Each community will set monthly meeting times and other programming events (including some suggested by Faculty Excellence) throughout the year.

Faculty members who participate in the communities will be expected to attend the following:

  • Orientation meeting (early Fall)
  • Monthly (September through April) meetings for their community
  • One or more additional UCF workshop, panel, or other programming event per semester (programming suggestions will be provided by Faculty Excellence)
  • De-brief and celebration meeting (late Spring)

Participant Expectations

Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of their community meetings as well as attend at least one other event per semester identified by the community. At the end of the academic year, mentoring communities will present topics explored during the year and share projects (e.g., a career advancement plan) and ideas about how participants have applied and/or will utilize what they learned. At the final meeting of all communities, each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion for use in annual evaluation and promotion materials.

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. 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.