Faculty Mentoring Program

The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) at Millersville University seeks to: 

  • Grow and sustain mentoring initiatives on campus to support early-career, mid-career and late-career faculty.  

  • Develop a culture of mentoring on campus which includes building the expertise of faculty mentors. 

The FMP is led by Drs. Leslie Gates and Ollie Dreon, who have been appointed as the Vilas A.  Prabhu Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) Fellows for Faculty Mentoring for a two-year term (2020-2022)The FMP shares CAE meeting space in Lyle Hall. A brief synopsis of the history of faculty mentoring on campus is available here

Benefits of Mentoring

Research shows that intentional faculty mentoring can positively impact job and career satisfaction (Ambrose et al., 2005), research productivity (Bland et al., 2005; Paul et al., 2002; Wilson et al., 2002), teaching effectiveness (Goodwin et al., 1998) and socialization to the campus community (Corcoran & Clark, 1984; Ritchie & Genoni, 2002). Research also shows that faculty mentoring programs can aid institutions by increasing research productivity (Bland, et al., 2005)
, increasing funding for research (Steiner, Lamphear, Curtis & Vu, 2002; Zahorski, 2002)
, decreasing faculty turnover (Kreitner & Kinicki, 2004; Luecke, 2004)
, increasing leadership capacity (Jossi, 1997; Murray, 2001)
, improving faculty enculturation to institution’s norms, values & mission (Luna & Cullen, 1995) and improving their ability to recruit talented faculty (Lorsch & Tierney, 2002). 

Fall 2021 Faculty Fellows Mentor Office Hours

The CAE Faculty Fellows, Drs. Leslie Gates and Ollie Dreon, will host Mentoring Office Hours. Drop-in to Lyle 141 during the following Office Hours to discuss mentoring and your professional development needs.  

Mentoring Hours:

11 AM - 12 PM Thursdays : 8/26, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2 
2:30 - 3:30 PM Wednesdays : 9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/10


Responsibilities of the CAE Fellows for Faculty Mentoring

Drs. Gates and Dreon’s work is informed by the scholarship on faculty mentoring and their experiences coordinating previous faculty mentoring initiatives at MUAs they continue to build their expertise in mentoring, they look forward to fostering growth in the faculty mentoring processes on campus. 

The Chairs of the Faculty Mentoring Program will be responsible for providing administration and oversight of the following: 

  • Recruit, Train, and Support Faculty Mentors 

  • Form a faculty mentoring committee to co-plan and assist in the mentoring efforts 

  • Communicate scheduling and space needs specific to the mentoring initiative to the director of the Center for Academic Excellence 

  • Promote the benefits of faculty mentoring to campus community 

  • Communicate opportunities for involvement to campus community 

  • Develop cohorts of mentors and mentees to build long-term success and continuation of the Faculty Mentoring Program

Faculty Mentoring Committee

The faculty mentoring committee provides direction and oversight to the faculty mentoring efforts on campus. The FMPC meets monthly to discuss upcoming mentoring programs and to provide guidance to the CAE Fellows for Faculty Mentoring. If you would like to be involved in the faculty mentoring committee, please email the CAE Fellows for Faculty Mentoring. Members of the committee for the 2021-22 academic year are:

  • Shaun Cook, Psychology 
  • Ollie Dreon, Educational Foundations
  • Leslie Gates, Art & Design
  • Melissa Gold, Library 
  • Aileen Hower, Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education 
  • Lauren Kaiser, Psychology
  • Alex Redcay, Social Work 
  • Michele Santamaria, Library 
  • Charlton Wolfgang, Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education 
  • Lowery Woodall, Communications & Theater 
  • Kat Walsh, Social Work 
  • Tiffany Wright, Educational Foundations 
  • Ieva Zake, AHSS Dean

Get Involved

Mentor Request Form
Do you need help with a short term project? A longer-term professional goal? A skill set you'd like to develop? A one-time question to which you can't find the answer? Perhaps you know you want some help but aren't sure what specifically you're hoping to address. That's okay too. This mentor request will get submitted to the CAE Fellows for Faculty Mentoring, who will follow up with you.
Link to form:https://bit.ly/36YZJa8
Volunteer to be a Mentor
Do you want to assist a colleague with their professional development and growth? Do you feel your expertise can help another faculty member thrive on campus? Sign up to be a mentor today! This mentor volunteer form will get submitted to the CAE Fellows for Faculty Mentoring, who will follow up with you.
Link to form: https://bit.ly/36XBrxv

Faculty Mentoring Handbook

This Faculty Mentoring Handbook was created by the 2020-2021 Faculty Mentoring Committee under the direction of Faculty Fellows Drs. Leslie Gates and Ollie Dreon. This was created to help connect Millersville Faculty with resources to support their work in teaching, scholarship, and service. Feel free to download the handbook here: Faculty Mentoring Handbook