Seattle Pacific University is committed to supporting new faculty members in their progress toward tenure, both by helping them develop as teacher-scholars and by welcoming them into the community. Research into mentoring suggests that junior faculty members need a mentoring mosaic, a collection of advisors and experiences that address different needs. The Center's faculty mentoring program consists of three components.
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Each department chair is responsible for providing new faculty with mentoring and advice throughout the initial years of appointment. Some departments may do so through the assignment of a departmental mentor; in other departments, the chair fulfills this role.
When applying for tenure, faculty should consult with their department chair to locate an appropriate mentor from outside the department to assist with the tenure process. One option is to request that the Senior Mentor who served during the third-year review act again as the Tenure Mentor. Chairs are responsible to initiate such an appointment, but the faculty member is free to decline to work with a Tenure Mentor. For more information on the role of the Tenure Mentor click here.