Mentoring is often most successful when it happens naturally and informally. Faculty may not realize that mentoring includes informal ways of checking in with colleagues, reviewing papers and proposals, and providing introductions to key people in the field. When these informal relationships do not exist, pre-tenure faculty can be at a disadvantage unless the Department and School provide a more formal mentoring structure.
Mentoring is both a formal and informal activity, and can address all aspects of academic life, from balancing professional and family obligations to advice about professional milestones that must be reached in order to advance through the ranks. Faculty mentoring may include department social events, invitations to professional conferences, teaching and research collaborations, and developing individual career plans, in addition to one-to-one pairing of pre-tenure faculty with more senior faculty. Ideally, pre-tenure faculty will have a network of peers and more senior colleagues as mentors and advisors to get a complete overview of the requirements for academic success.
This section of the website is designed to support efforts by Departments and Schools to advance faculty mentoring at Harvard University. Links to principles and best practices for faculty mentoring and information about other University faculty mentoring programs are available on this page. Specific resources for Mentors, Mentees, and Department Chairs are available in subsequent sections as are links to School-specific programs.