Faculty Mentoring Program

Faculty Mentoring Program

Program Overview

The purpose of the UA Little Rock Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) is to help establish a mechanism for new university employees to successfully navigate their overall development as a faculty member. The FMP has recently expanded in order to support the development of all types of faculty. Based on this, we now offer three FMP paths toward faculty success:

  1. Tenure Track Faculty Path: Full-time faculty eligible for tenure and ranks of promotion.

  2. Professional Instructor Path: Full-time faculty eligible for ranks of promotion.

  3. Adjunct Faculty Path: Part-time faculty.

Each FMP path class runs for one academic year and during that year, the proteges (mentees) benefit from useful workshops, tools, and benefit from having a senior faculty member as a source to ask questions and learn from.

After successfully completing the year of official mentoring as part of one of the FMP path classes, the second year proteges are encouraged to continue informal communication with their mentor.  A copy of the 2018-2019 FMP Annual Report can be found on this link

Who will be involved?

FMP is designed for and coordinated by the UA Little Rock faculty. The program is led by Dr. David R. Montague, the Director of Online Learning and Faculty Mentoring here at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a tenured Full Professor of Criminal Justice ( Click here for Bio and Vitae). Also, university mentors are paired with protégés. Within the Tenure Track Faculty Path, only UA Little Rock senior faculty members with tenure can serve as mentors in the program. Within the Professional Instructor Path, only UA Little Rock advanced instructors or senior instructors can serve as mentors. Within the Adjunct Faculty Path, either UA Little Rock senior faculty members with tenure, advanced instructors, and senior instructors can serve as mentors. Important information on understanding university structure and the realities of being a faculty member at our university are covered in a workshop format by UA Little Rock Faculty Excellence Award winners. The goal is to become the type professor chooses to be and understand how to balance their faculty path in a manner promoting success.  

What does this program generally involve?

  1. Pairing of a protege with a mentor.

  2. Periodically protege meetings (referred to as workshops) will be facilitated by Faculty Excellence Award winners.

  3. Meetings between protege and mentor to discuss the realities of being a faculty member.

  4. Proteges are provided guidance in producing their own Faculty Career Development Plan.

  5. Valuable faculty resources on matters relevant to each FMP Path (e.g. teaching, research, service, grants/contracts, networking, annual review & third year review, and showcasing professional accomplishments).

  6. Letter from the Office of the Provost sent to the appropriate department chair from the FMP program acknowledging FMP completion.

If you are either a faculty member interested in participating as a protégé, or a faculty member interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Dr. David Montague at drmontague@ualr.edu or 501.683.7227.

The 2019-2020 FMP classes for tenured track faculty and professional instructors are currently in progress and will run through May 2020. The FMP class for adjunct faculty will start in fall 2020.

Find detailed schedule: here