Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook

Faculty mentoring is key to faculty productivity and success. Get a nearly 600-page comprehensive guide and workbook to develop or improve your mentoring program.

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By David Kiel
570 pages
ISBN: 978-1-948658-08-9

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A well-defined mentoring program is essential to faculty productivity and success.

As institutions seek to increase faculty diversity, adopt increased standards for faculty productivity, and become more aware of the benefits of extending mentoring beyond early-career, it’s crucial to bring rigor and definition to your department’s mentoring efforts. David Kiel, who worked with faculty leaders to design mentoring programs for all of UNC-Chapel Hill’s professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, draws on years of research and experience to bring you this uniquely comprehensive handbook. This book includes practical strategies from a wide range of institutions, from community colleges to research universities.

This nearly 600-page handbook covers not only what works but how to do it:

  • Get a comprehensive primer for launching or improving mentoring programs for early-career, mid-career, and late-career faculty.
  • Get 200+ pages of worksheets, checklists, templates, and both departmental and self-assessments to help you refine your mentoring services.

Reviews from the field

“Mentoring programs for faculty have long proven to be one of the most effective strategies colleges and universities have to promote career development, increase engagement, improve the level of student success, and foster innovative research.

“In Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook, David Kiel provides an in-depth look at best practices in how to design, develop, and maintain a systematic approach to faculty mentoring and answers every question about how to ensure the effectiveness of these programs. Based on practice, experience, and exhaustive research, this book is the blueprint that everyone interested in successful faculty mentoring should follow.” —Jeffrey L. Buller, Senior Partner, ATLAS Leadership Training


Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs by David Kiel delivers fully on the promise of its subtitle to provide a Comprehensive Handbook on this important and productive practice in supporting the success of academics throughout their careers. There are countless resources on faculty mentoring that have emerged in the last two decades.

“The great contribution of this book is that the author has culled the best among these resources and integrated them into a well written and easy-to-navigate collection that touches on the multiplicity of relevant topics, including the rationale for mentoring programs, key issues, essential decisions and criteria in the design of mentoring programs, effective models, good mentoring relationships, advice, mentoring programs in different institutional contexts, continuity of programs, and relevant resources.

“The Handbook provides helpful sections on diversity and inclusion and appropriately extends the application of mentoring well beyond early career faculty to mentoring for mid-career and senior faculty as well as non-tenure track faculty. Taken together, this is a welcome addition to the literature on mentoring and will serve both faculty and administrators in their efforts to provide high quality and effective mentoring programs for their colleagues.” —Deborah DeZure, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development Emerita, Michigan State University


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