The Faculty Perspective

The Graduate School recognizes the value of mentoring and recommends that graduate students and postdocs actively seek mentoring relationships with faculty members at UTEP and in their field at other institutions. Furthermore, we regard faculty mentoring of students and postdocs as part of a long-term strategy to ensure student success in accordance with UTEP’s vision of “Access and Excellence” in higher education. Different mentors may provide different types of assistance, so we recommend students and postdocs have multiple faculty members (as well as professionals outside the academy) to whom they can look for advice and guidance. Mentors should introduce young scholars to established people in the field, teach norms and best practices of the discipline, and work with mentees to create an Individual Development Plan (external link-University of Wisconsin).


Annual Mentoring Award & Reception

The Graduate School and the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development recognize graduate faculty for excellence in the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the annual Mentoring Reception. Information is forthcoming regarding the nomination process for the 2018 award. 

Dr. Doser accepts mentoring award flanked by the dean of science the chair of geology, the dean of the grad school, and last year's winner

Dr. Diane Doser (center) receives the 2017 Graduate Mentoring Award, alongside (left to right) Dean of the College of Science Dr. Robert Kirken, Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Charles Ambler, previous awardee Dr. Jorge Gardea, and Chair of Geological Sciences Dr. James Kubicki.



The links below provide information and resources on a number of topics related to the mentoring. Importantly, The UTEP Center for Faculty Leadership and Development facilitates professional development activities related to mentoring, so check their schedule often. (CFLD also has information about mentoring for faculty members, which is especially important for early-career scholars.) The National Postdoctoral Association provides a Toolkit on Mentoring, which includes articles, mentoring plan templates, and other resources for protégés and their mentors.  In order to access these valuable resources, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdocs can apply for Affiliate membership by clicking here and using their UTEP email address.

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