Designing a New Faculty Mentor Program: A Bootcamp for Faculty Leaders


Designing a New Faculty Mentor Program: A Bootcamp for Faculty Leaders


June 23 – July 21, 2022 (Sold Out) 

Individual Session Dates: June 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 2022

Identify a clear and compelling value proposition for your new faculty mentor program.


Now more than ever, academic leaders are focused on responding to declines in faculty morale and career satisfaction. A proven solution to improve the faculty experience and increase retention is to offer a well-thought-out faculty mentoring program. These programs can improve the quality of research and teaching by breaking down silos and providing faculty with meaningful connections to other colleagues both inside and outside their department/college. However, it can be difficult to know how to focus your efforts.

Join us online for this 5-week bootcamp, which is designed for academic leaders who are interested in learning directly from two respected experts who have successfully implemented faculty mentoring programs at both the department/college and institutional levelsYour instructors will share their lessons learned, tips, and advice to help you strategize and draft a custom plan for a new faculty mentoring program – one that targets the greatest needs and opportunities within your college/department. You will also get feedback on your plan from your instructors and peers to help you develop the best possible program for your faculty

By participating in this bootcamp, you will walk away with these five critical learning objectives:

  • An identified target audience of faculty mentees and mentors
  • A proposed program structure with defined services that you will offer
  • A list of critical short-term considerations to effectively launch, prepare, evaluate, and sustain your new program
  • A thorough analysis and understanding of your program’s value proposition
  • A concrete plan to get you started before you launch or implement your new faculty mentor program

The faculty panel recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that every institution will approach designing a faculty mentor program differently based on who owns the mentoring program, its goals, and the audience it is intended to serve. Therefore, these models and practices can be scaled up or down, and special attention will be paid to making sure this content can be easily applied across different institutional settings.


A Highly Personalized Experience 

Your registration for this bootcamp includes ongoing consultation during live sessions with our expert faculty, Drs. Rita Kumar and Sana Loue, whose years of providing strategic oversight and direction to faculty mentoring programs have significantly improved the overall success rate and experience of their faculty at their respective institutions. As a consistent hallmark of the Academic Impressions bootcamp experience, the individual attention in this consultation will help you to apply best practices from the bootcamp to your faculty mentor plan. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 24 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


What You Will Get

This online bootcamp consists of:

  • Five live online sessions, happening weekly in June – July.
  • Short assignments that you may be asked to complete between meetings to inform your plan and use for discussion in the next session (1-2 hours per week).
  • Small-group feedback sessions that will be offered as an opportunity to share a few of the toughest challenges you are facing, and so you can then workshop solutions with your instructors and cohort members.
  • A design plan of your new faculty mentoring program to help you organize your thoughts, identify data to support your rationale, and receive suggested recommendations from our expert instructors.


Who Should Attend

Department Chairs, Associate/Assistant Chairs, Program Directors, Deans, Associate/Assistant Deans and other academic leaders responsible for faculty development and success who are strongly committed to initiating a new faculty mentor program for their college or department will benefit most from this bootcamp.

Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Bootcamp and add Success Coaching during registration.

Learn More About Success Coaching

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

“This was a wonderful, innovative experience. Great ideas and resources were shared by participants and presenters. High energy and an overall wonderful learning experience."

- Marisol Marrero

Executive Director of StudentLink Centers, New York University

“I was so impressed with Academic Impressions that I cannot wait to recommend these trainings to colleagues and bring Academic Impressions to my institution!”

- Kristin Miller

Director of Advancement, College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU Foundation

“The variety of expertise allowed me to bring skills back to my shop and overall improve our tool-kits.”

- Garrett Aanestad

Chapman Fund Manager, Chapman University


June 23 – July 21, 2022 (Sold Out) 

Individual Session Dates: June 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 2022


Overview of a Faculty Mentor Plan and Choosing Your Audience

June 23, 2022 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
After faculty and participant introductions, we will use the first hour to review a sample plan to acclimate you to the necessary components and considerations of a successful faculty mentor plan and program. You will begin working on your own custom plan by identifying and discussing the intended audience for your new faculty mentor program, and you will identify data or evidence from your campus to support the needs of this identified group. As the bootcamp progresses, you will continue to develop and add to your custom plan with your specific audience and program learning outcomes in mind.



Designing the Program Infrastructure

June 30, 2022 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
We will begin this session by reviewing your identified target audience, documenting their needs, and connecting those needs to strategic goals at your institution. Next, we will explore the design considerations and structures of your new program, including the types and benefits of different mentoring models. You will be able to identify the kinds of services that your program will offer to mentees, along with identifying the collaborators you’ll need to support these services.



Program Implementation Considerations

July 7, 2022 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Now that we have explored the intended audience and specific needs for building the infrastructure of the program, we will begin to think forward to important implementation considerations for your new faculty mentor program. Our expert faculty will walk you through a series of questions while sharing their own insights and ideas regarding the following kinds of questions:

  • Where will you find financial and staffing resources to not only launch your program but also sustain it?
  • What timeline milestones are you aiming for, and why?
  • What kinds of marketing ideas will you explore to promote this new program?
  • How will you recruit and train mentees and mentors while monitoring the successes of these relationships?
  • What kinds of assessment tools will you use to measure the success and projected growth of your program?



Value Proposition Discussion

July 14, 2022 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
After we review and discuss any gaps in your program structure, we will begin to explore the value proposition of your specific new program. You will be able to define why a new mentor program is important to your college or department, as well as how it will benefit not only mentor/mentee participants but all faculty. Our panel will share their proven metrics on the value of their own faculty mentor programs, and will share strategies on how to customize your own “elevator pitch” to critical stakeholders to promote buy-in of your proposed plan.



Custom Plan Small Group Presentations & Final Recommendations

July 21, 2022 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
In this final session, we will divide participants into small, round-robin-style groups and give you an opportunity to pitch the value proposition of your new proposed faculty mentor program to other participants and the faculty panel. You will have the opportunity to share and address any concerns or gaps in your plan, receiving recommendations and feedback from others while also providing your own ideas and resources to members of your cohort.


Portrait of Rita Kumar

Rita Kumar

Executive Director of Faculty Enrichment Center, University of Cincinnati

In her current role, Rita provides the conceptual and organizational leadership for the Faculty Enrichment Center. Working with a faculty and staff advisory group, she develops and oversees the Center’s core programming. She is the 2013-14 recipient of the UCBA Innovative Teaching Award for her inventive use of Problem-based learning (PBL) in the classroom.

Read Rita's Full Bio.

Portrait of Sana Loue

Sana Loue

Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Loue holds secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Global Health at the School of Medicine and in Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. She served as the medical school’s inaugural Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity from 2012-2020.

Read Sana's Full Bio.


Questions About the Event?

Portrait of Rabia Khan Harvey

Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Learning & Development Manager,
Academic Impressions

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