139 SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Library Faculty Mentoring Program
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MENTOR/ PROTÉGÉ ASSIGNMENT PROCESS
Assignment of Mentors
Mentors will be selected from the tenured faculty.
♦ When positions are filled, the LMC will identify potential mentors for new faculty
members and will contact those potential mentors to determine their interest in
and/or availability to take on the assignments.
♦ Newly assigned mentors will be provided contact information for the new faculty
members and encouraged to make contact prior to their arrival.
♦ If mentoring assignments cannot be made in advance of a faculty member’s
arrival at work, this process should be completed within the first two weeks of
♦ Each untenured, tenure-track faculty member will be assigned two mentors taking
into consideration job assignment, research and professional service interests.
♦ In order to avoid conflict of interest, the primary work administrator will not be
assigned as a protégé’s mentor, unless explicitly requested by the protégé.
♦ Ad Hoc mentors may be utilized by the protégé at any time for special expertise
♦ No mentor shall be assigned more than four protégés.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
♦ A protégée may request a change in assigned mentors at any time.
♦ A mentor may request reassignment from a particular protégé at any time.
♦ Reassignments will be done in consultation with the LMC so that
problems/issues/expectations can be addressed in future pairings.
♦ All tenured faculty members in good standing are considered available to be
assigned as mentors unless they notify the LMC chair of their desire to opt out.
♦ A tenured faculty member may be removed from consideration, based on
legitimate concerns of effectiveness.
Mentors will typically:
♦ Initiate the first meeting with a new protégé.
♦ Offer to meet with each protégé at least monthly, in any format – formal
appointment, lunch, etc.
♦ Assist protégé in making plans and setting action steps to achieve goals.