First-Year Mentors

Fall–Spring

Please keep in mind that, due to COVID-19, most on-campus events have been shifted to online/virtual platforms or have been cancelled. However, the mentoring program will continue during 2020-21; participants must continue following campus protocols regarding social distancing and other safety practices.

Autumn Quarter: Suggested Activities

  1. Attend one chapel together.
  2. Attend one FLO/ETM event together.
  3. Go off campus once: Get lunch! Invite another mentor group to join.
  4. Visit each other’s class: Mentor and mentee – Invite each other to observe each other’s classes.
  • During informal meetings, use this time to discuss how adjustments are going and get to know one another.
  • During formal meetings, create conversations around the topic of the month, or another topic of interest.

 September topic: Syllabus, (over) prepping and first class 

  1. Mentor Tea
  2. Meet your mentor/mentee (at Faculty Retreat if possible)
  • Get to know your mentor/mentee over coffee. Share a bit about each other, talk about goals for the mentoring program, what you each expect, time commitments for each person. Discuss the mentee’s syllabus, talk about prepping for class and the first day teaching.

October topic: How to structure meaningful conversations in class

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

November topic: How to create a meaningful final

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

December topic: Overview of the first quarter

  • One meeting
    • Meet informally or formally

Winter Quarter Suggested Activities

  • Attend one chapel together.
  • Attend one FLO/ETM event together.
  • Go off campus once: Get lunch! Invite another mentor group to join.

January topic: Reviewing your student feedback

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

February topic: The dark side: incivility, cheating, and plagiarism

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

March topic: Setting boundaries with students outside of class time

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

Spring Quarter: Suggested Activities
  1. Attend one chapel together.
  2. Attend one FLO/ETM event together.
  3. Go off campus once: Get lunch! Invite another mentor group to join.

April topic: How much help should you give for mid-terms and finals? – creating self-regulating students.

  • Two meetings
    • Meet informally and formally

May topic: Group work without tears

  • Two meetings:
  1. Meet formally and attend tea.
  2. Mentor Tea: End of year one celebration.