Best Practices in Designing Mentoring Programs for Early Career Faculty



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Are unproductive relationships in your faculty mentoring program going unchecked?

To see high rates of productivity, retention, and satisfaction in your early career faculty, you’ll need a well-defined mentoring program. How should you structure your program for success? What services should you provide, and how should you customize for your department, school, or campus?

Join us online to rethink your current faculty mentoring program or start building an intentional mentoring program from scratch. You will learn from Dr. David Kiel, who has helped create mentoring programs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in professional school units and Arts and Sciences departments. Drawing on his study of exemplary programs nationwide, he will share a comprehensive overview of effective mentoring programs – ones that resolve conflict and decrease faculty turnover.

Who Should Attend

Anyone looking to design or improve mentoring programs for early career faculty will benefit from this session. Rather than addressing one specific problem of faculty mentoring programs, we will share more broadly the cornerstones of effective programs to help you benchmark yours.

Our training will apply to mentoring programs for both tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty, and we’ll offer examples from a range of higher education institutions, including both research-intensive institutions and community colleges.


  • The Essentials of a Well-Defined Mentoring Program
    • Seven key decisions to make
    • Creating your own model
  • Services Your Mentoring Program Should Include
    • Five areas of support for early career faculty
    • Clarifying what your faculty needs to be successful
  • Quick Tips to Implement on Your Campus


David Kiel, Dr. P.H.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

David Kiel is the author of Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook, published by Academic Impressions (2019). While at the UNC-CH Center for Faculty Excellence (2010-16), he was the chief university-wide internal consultant on faculty mentoring.  He advised departments and schools about how to create or improve mentoring programs for their faculty. He has presented on how to assist new mentors in learning about mentoring and how to help mentees make the most of their mentoring relationships. He developed customized workshops for individual departments and schools and helped units evaluate and improve their programs. He conducted campus-wide surveys of mentoring practice and reviewed and reported on the national literature on mentoring and faculty development. David consults with universities nationwide on issues of faculty development and faculty leadership. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC-CH School of Social Work. Read David's full bio here.


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Our webcast presenter has also authored an Academic Impressions’ book entitled Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook (2019). While our webcast on faculty mentoring programs address programs for early career faculty specifically, this book is a comprehensive primer for launching or improving mentoring programs for early career, mid-career, and late-career faculty. Get your 600-page handbook with worksheets, checklists, and templates today!


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