CHASS Mentoring Program


The CHASS Mentoring Program tries to help junior faculty members build long and productive careers at UCR by pairing them with senior faculty members. Senior faculty mentors provide informal advice intended to help junior faculty acclimate to the university, understand aspects of teaching, research and service, and ease the tenure process.

Members of each pair are expected to commit to regular contact and to provide helpful but unofficial guidance in different areas of importance for the junior faculty member. Program participants also meet periodically as group for guidance and informal gatherings under the auspices of the university-wide mentoring program.

Read some of the Suggested Topics of Discussion for Mentoring Pairs.


There are two ways of becoming part of the CHASS Mentoring Program:

1Many departments have mentoring programs in place. If your department has such a program and you wish to take part in it, please do so. Should you find a mentor or a mentee in this way, please also send the following information about both partners to Cindi Smith at cynthia.smith@ucr.edu.

  • Names
  • Rank
  • Department
  • Years at UCR (for mentor and mentee)
  • Email Addresses
  • Work Phones

2If no such program exists in your department or if there are no available partners in your department or if you would prefer either a mentee or a mentor from outside your home department, please e-mail Cindi Smith at cynthia.smith@ucr.edu. Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Department
  • Years at UCR
  • E-mail Address
  • Work Phone
  • Research interests and teaching duties (e.g. lectures, seminars, laboratory teaching, graduate advising)
  • Preferred department and other characteristics (e.g. gender) of your mentor or mentee

Advice for Mentors

  • Try to be in contact with your mentee once a month whether in person or through e-mail or the phone.
  • Attend all group training sessions and workshops.
  • Exchange CV's with your mentee to stimulate discussion about career paths and possibilities.
  • Share knowledge of important university and professional events that you think your mentee might attend.

Advice for Mentees

  • Recognize that your success is important not just to you, but also to your department and the university. Remember that "going it alone" rarely works.
  • Set a meeting with your chair to discuss departmental and university expectations for tenure.
  • Make your scheduled meetings with your mentor a priority and take advantage of e-mail and the telephone to keep in touch informally.
  • Exchange your CV with your mentor for discussion.
  • Write down questions as they occur to you.
  • Make and maintain contacts with other junior faculty, within your department as well as in other departments in the College and University.
  • Become familiar with and use the resources available to support and strengthen your teaching and research.

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