Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring Program
CSUF's Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring Program is entering its 11th year. Sponsored by the Strengthening Opportunity, Access and Resources (SOAR) grant, the Faculty Development Center (FDC), and the Office of Graduate Studies, this program aims at helping graduate students—in collaboration with their professors—grow academically, professionally, and personally. The Mentoring Program differs from "regular" academic advising in that students and faculty participate in mutually beneficial relationships by discussing research, career development, and "life" in graduate school.
Mentoring plays a significant role in the success of graduate students. Faculty mentors are integral in communicating with graduate students about all of the support efforts and programs available at CSUF for graduate students. Faculty mentors come from all colleges on campus and run the range of experiences with a few 1st year faculty members, and some who have been at CSUF for over 20 years. Mentors are often matched with graduate students from colleges different from their own, and mentors use their time with their mentees to listen to their questions, concerns, plans, aspirations, and dreams, all the while working to help mentees succeed in their graduate careers. Mentors and mentees go for walks on campus, attend social events, have coffee or dinner, or just find time together anyway they can- in person, on the phone or Skype- to build connection. Mentors do so many things for their mentees- networking on their behalf, writing letters of recommendation, share resources for scholarships and support, or just listen and provide support and feedback.
The Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring Program at CSUF facilitates mentoring relationships by:
- Matching students and faculty members: this alleviates the stress of students having to find a mentor on their own;
- Providing a framework for the relationship which encourages structure, goal setting, and accountability;
- Providing faculty with training on how to effectively assist their mentees; and
- Hosting cultural events throughout the year to encourage dialogue outside the academic realm in order to better solidify the mentoring relationship.
In order to participate in this program, we ask that students agree to meet the mentor on a regular basis (at least three times per semester). The actual dates, times, and locations are negotiated between the mentee and the mentor
*If you have any questions about the Mentoring Program please contact Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson, Faculty Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org