Faculty Mentoring at UT Dallas

Faculty Mentoring Program

We are pleased to announce a new, campus-wide faculty mentoring program.  Our goal is to assist junior faculty in developing their research, teaching and professional skills.  The pilot program began in January 2009, and ends in December 2009.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Faculty Mentoring Program is to provide a system of support for faculty to help them develop professionally and personally. This program will contribute to improving recruitment and retention of faculty and enhancing the academic climate at The University of Texas at Dallas.  The program offers mentored guidance on research, teaching and service, facilitated networking opportunities and sharing of best practices, and provides outlets for psycho-social support.  This program is based on principles of mutual trust, respect, cooperation and inclusion.


The Program

The philosophy behind the program is that one mentor cannot provide all the guidance an individual needs.  Participants in the program are encouraged to develop a mentoring team (or a board of advisors), to provide general research guidance, specific and concrete feedback on your research, UTD-specific guidance, and social support.  Resources are available for recruiting experts in your field to serve as mentors from outside the UTD campus.

The program will also offer workshops (and implementation sessions) for junior faculty addressing publication, grants, teaching, networking, writing skills, getting tenure, work-life balance and having difficult conversations.  The Overview of Program link describes the workshops in greater detail.

Further details regarding the program can be obtained from Rachel Croson, Chair of the Committee on Faculty Mentoring (crosonr@utdallas.edu; 972-883-6016), or from your school’s representative to the Committee on Faculty Mentoring.

You may participate by using the Application links on this page.  Any tenure-track but untenured faculty member is welcome to participate.  If you would like to be a mentee, please complete the application and email or send it to:

Rachel Croson (crosonr@utdallas.edu; GR31).

Overview of Program (.ppt)

Mentee Application (.doc)





Professor Mihaela Iovu, Ph.D., has received the NS&M Teaching Award. The recognition was made during a reception in the NS&M Dean's Suite (FN 3.120), on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Dr. Mihaela has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Math since the Fall of 2007 and is currently an active participant in the Faculty Mentoring Program at UT Dallas. Her senior mentor is Dr. Yves Chabal, Department Head, Materials Science & Engineering and TI Distinguished Chair in Nanoelectronics.

Congratulations from The Faculty Mentoring Committee!


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Updated: January 6, 2010