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​​​​​For Faculty Mentees

To guide your profession​al development throughout your time at Queens, CAFÉ encourages you to develop a network of mentors that you can go to for help and guidance with specific issues. No one mentor can effectively counsel you on all kinds of matters. Instead, look out for individuals who have specific strengths in areas such as teaching, research, grant writing, balance, and other needs. Some may be at Queens, at other similar institutions, elsewhere in your discipline, or in your community.

Mentoring Network MapThink about who you already know who may be able to help you in areas such as:

  • Learning about Queens organizational culture

  • Goal setting and planning

  • Constructive feedback (teaching, research)

  • Skill development  (teaching, research)

  • Access to resources and opportunities (nominations to serve on a board, award)

  • Ongoing accountability for progress (research and writing)

  • Collaboration

  • Academic role models

  • Balance

  • Emotional support

Then when you attend meetings, workshops, and conferences, look out for individuals you can add to your growing network of mentors.

Keep track of your network through this Queens Mentoring Network Map.

When you need help, offer to buy a member of your mentoring network a cup of coffee or a meal and ask for help on a specific issue that you are struggling with. Think of this as an occasional conversation. Help your colleague understand that you are not asking for a long-term time investment, as has been traditionally associated with the term "mentor."

To help you further, CAFÉ offers programming aligned with the areas in the Queens Mentoring Network Map. For example, new full-time faculty receive invitations to monthly mentoring lunches. For help staying accountable with your research and writing progress, CAFÉ  hosts Printing Press faculty writing support groups. Contact CAFÉ for more information about joining one of these groups.

CAFÉ has organized a group of experienced Queens faculty members who are happy to help mentor new faculty following this mentoring network model. Contact the mentor best aligned with your specific area of need and ask them out to coffee or a meal:

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Associate Professor, Human Service StudiesInterprofessional Health Studies Department
Blair College of Health

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Assistant Professor, Biology Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Scott is especially interested in helping new faculty who are seeking assistance in the areas of goal setting and planning, constructive feedback in research, skill development in research​, ongoing accountability for progress, collaboration, and academic role models.

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Associate Professor, Art, Design & Music Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Varvara is especially interested in helping new faculty who are seeking assistance in the areas of goal setting and planning, skill development, and constructive feedback.

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Associate Professor, History Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Barry is especially interested in helping new faculty who are seeking assistance with learning about Queens' organizational culture, goal setting and planning, skill development, collaboration, academic role models, balance, and emotional support.

For Faculty Mentors

If you are guiding a faculty member as a mentor, here are a couple of resources to help you:

First, review the Queens Mentoring Network Map and suggestions to mentees above to understand an important alternative to the traditional concept of mentoring. The network approach provides an effective alternative to a long-term relationship between one senior "guru" mentor and a junior mentee in which the mentor is expected to provide answers and guidance on a wide range of matters.

​Next, learn a little bit more about how to shift from the traditional guru approach to a coaching approach to mentoring

You may also want to take some time to reflect on your ability to mentor across gender and racial differences.​

Finally, if you are part of a department that is bringing on new full-time or adjunct faculty, learn about a few simple steps you can take to welcome your new faculty colleagues in your department.


Laura Lohman, PhD, SHRM-SCP, CAAP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547 ​