Creating a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program

Creating a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program

Put a first-class faculty mentoring program in place


One of the important measures of a college or university is the type of mentoring culture it cultivates.

This culture affects key groups: the administrators tasked with overseeing the mentoring program, recently-hired faculty looking for guidance, and the mentors themselves. Although each group has its own particular needs, they can all benefit from a sound infrastructure in place that coaches new faculty efficiently and wisely. 

Learning a few best practices can accelerate the progress at your institution and ensure that your mentoring program becomes an indispensable asset in hiring and nurturing outstanding teaching talent. This is at the heart of this easy-to-view online course from Magna Publications.

Co-presenters Kenneth L. Alford and Tyler J. Griffin of Brigham Young University draw on content from their earlier series of 20-Minute Mentor presentations to explain the fundamentals of a mentoring program for administrators, how new faculty can get the most from their mentors, and how mentors can impart their wisdom without giving up too much time and energy.

Each unit in this online course is filled with guiding principles, practical suggestions, and real-world scenarios and examples for a comprehensive learning experience. You can use them as stand-alone segments or together, depending on your needs. You'll get ready-to-use tools and insights from two educators who have participated in their own mentoring programs.


This course provides insights and skills for administrators, mentors, and mentees who want to collaborate on a mutually beneficial protégé program.

Participants in this online course will learn how to:

  • Set up a successful mentoring program
  • Learn best from mentors
  • Be an effective mentor
  • Turn out more productive scholars
  • Fulfill their mentoring responsibilities in a time-efficient manner

Colleges and universities that invest the resources in mentor programs demonstrate their commitment to higher education and to their students—powerful selling points in the competitive market for tuition dollars.

Creating a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program gives you the tools in one place for making the best use of your school's resources, attracting and retaining exceptional talent, and reinvigorating faculty and administrators already on staff.

Learning Goals

After completing this course, administrators will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of mentoring efforts to donors, faculties, and school personnel
  • Apply best practices for setting up and improving mentoring programs
  • Uncover additional resources that enable mentoring programs as they develop

After completing this course, new faculty mentees will be able to:

  • Construct a mentoring plan with rigorous, yet realistic goals
  • Follow and meet the expectations of their mentors through a multi-stage development process
  • Seek and locate qualified sources of mentoring help for ongoing instruction and support

After completing this course, mentors will be able to:

  • Establish and maintain a productive mentoring relationship with a mentee
  • Guide mentees through a multi-part development process
  • Sharpen their own mentoring skills to handle new situations and challenges

Topics Covered


This program can be used for several different purposes depending on your needs. It can be used by administrators who oversee their mentoring program, faculty who are assigned as mentors, and/or new faculty. Use any combination of the three units to best meet your needs.

Unit 1: How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

Administrators will learn how to:

  • Articulate to administration, donors, peers, and faculty the rationale and benefits of spending time and resources on mentoring
  • Implement best practices of setting up (or improving) a successful mentoring program
  • Find additional resources to improve your mentoring programs as it develops

Unit 2: How Can I Be an Effective Mentor? 

Mentors will learn how to:

  • Articulate the basic principles of mentoring programs and how they apply to mentors
  • Set up and maintain a productive mentoring relationship with a mentee
  • Help a mentee progress through four stages of development
  • Find additional resources to further improve

Unit 3: How Can I Best Learn from My Mentor?

Mentees will learn how to:

  • Articulate the basic principles of mentoring and how they apply to your situation
  • Make a successful mentoring plan with rigorous, yet attainable goals
  • Work effectively through four major stages of mentoring
  • Find additional sources of mentoring help


Creating a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program provides revealing insights for faculty and staff inside and outside the classroom, in particular:

  • Administrators charged with fostering a mentoring climate that is receptive and adaptable to formal and informal mentoring, on a one-on-one or group basis
  • Senior faculty members who want to learn the best way to discharge their responsibilities as mentors to junior faculty
  • New faculty members who want to get the most out of a mentoring relationship, discover how things really work at their institution, sharpen their teaching skills, and aim for tenure

Course Materials

This course is built on a responsive mobile eLearning platform, viewable on all computers as well as the latest smart phones and tablets.

Each unit includes supplemental course materials and information on further resources that will continue to enhance faculty understanding of online teaching.

  • Video tutorials
  • Interactive Content
  • Checks on Learning
  • Final Check on Learning and certificate of completion
  • Links to online resources
  • Complete Handouts, Supplemental Materials and Transcripts

Time Requirement
This self-paced course may take anywhere from six to fourteen hours to complete, depending on how comfortable you are with online tools and how much time you intend to spend on each course unit.

This course may be taken on any desktop computer system as well as mobile devices with the latest internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). The course features easy to use navigation on desktop and mobile devices.


# of people Cost per person
1 $299
2-10 $269
11-20 $239
21-50 $209
51-100 $179
101-500 $149
501-3000 $99

The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.


Creating a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program can help you establish a mentoring model for the first time as well as help you improve your existing mentoring program. Give yourself and your school an added advantage. Enroll in this online course today.

Product code: TO16CA

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