The Faculty Mentor’s primary interaction is with the peer mentors in the GSMP. Faculty Mentors offer valuable guidance to peer mentors concerning their mentorship of first year mentees. Peer mentors may seek guidance about things such as advising mentees through situations the peer mentor has never experienced. They also act as an additional point of professional contact for the first-year mentees. Rather than supplementing the Graduate Advisor’s role, the GSMP Faculty Mentor provides advice about how to engage in the professional environment of the academy. Faculty Mentor’s may discuss topics such as how a mentee can approach his/her professor with a concern or how a mentee can prioritize the tasks s/he is asked to perform.
We realize that faculty are very busy, so we try to keep their obligations to the program minimal. We ask that they:
- Meet with each mentee individually once per quarter and fill out the mentee reporting form on the GSMP website
- Meet with peer mentors (as a group or individually) at least once per quarter and fill out the peer mentor reporting form on the GSMP website
- Attend the GSMP group meeting once per quarter
- Contact the program Coordinator or the Director of GradSuccess if a mentee is showing signs of not adjusting to graduate school well or if peer mentor seems to be having trouble interacting with his/her mentees
We are very appreciative of our faculty mentors who make the program a beneficial experience for both the first-year mentees and the peer mentors!