Teaching and Research Mentoring Program

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Teaching and Research Mentoring Program

The mentoring program is voluntary and seeks UPRM faculty with extensive experience on campus, academic life, teaching and / or research activity is paired with new faculty to guide them around the university services and assist in the early stages of their career and postdoctoral researchers. This program does not seek to replace existing mentoring programs in some departments, but rather complement gaps identified and provide mechanisms to promote competitiveness in research. The program is also available for more experienced faculty who want to reintegrate into the research process and find these relevant activities. As a result it seeks to develop the power to its full potential, retention and foster collaborations among faculty.

Goals of mentoring program

Helping to faculty and postdocs to:

  1. Learn about UPRM, the surrounding community and the resources available to faculty
  2. Adjust to the new environment and quickly become an active member of the university
  3. Attend questions, concerns and needs confidentially
  4. Get input on effective teaching techniques
  5. Managing a research group productively
  6. Writing successful proposals and scientific papers
  7. Develop investigative goals short and long term

Motivate experienced faculty to:

  1. Share their knowledge and experience and acquire new faculty job satisfaction
  2. Helping new faculty to effectively correspond to the UPRM and address their needs, concerns and questions, if necessary
  3. Help shape careers of new colleagues and develop opportunities for renewed
  5. Contribute to the teaching, research and academic activities
  6. Fostering competitiveness research through all faculty to inculcate a culture of sustainable research
  7. Develop plans or solutions to problems affecting the professional growth of teachers

Suggested mentoring activities

Mentors and new faculty should meet often and face to face for the first two semesters and keep in touch via phone or email.

  1. Discuss goals for the short and long term and professional interests
  2. Attend workshops and activities offered by the CEP, CID offices and other professional developmentl
  3. Discuss effective teaching techniques, course development and curriculum issues
  4. Explore opportunities to fund research and writing of publications
  5. Attend sporting and cultural events of the university
  6. Discuss topics such as student counseling, motivation and dishonest behavior management in courses and research
  7. Share experiences on managing time and stress, and effective balance of work and personal life
  8. Discuss syllabus and preparation of documents for promotion

Matching mentors to new faculty

There is no fixed duration, but it is recommended that the mentoring relationship lasts at least two semesters. At the end of the second semester, will decide whether to continue the relationship at the same rate, subject to need or conclude whether individual goals were met.

If sometime in the mentoring process, the mentor or the mentee feels that the relationship is not productive, it must be reported immediately to the CEP to assign a new pairing. You will be prompted to mentors and faculty participant to provide their input on the process, and their mentoring relationship at the end of the second half for the CEP to evaluate and improve the program for future occasions.

Roles and responsibilities of mentors

Mentors can play different roles, such as coach, friend, motivator, pattern or confident, depending on the needs of his tutored and the nature of the mentoring relationship.


During the Mentoring Program, the mentor advises and directs the mentee by reading and writing successful proposals, scientific papers, and a teaching plan, among other issues that help the mentee in his/her professional growth as a researcher. Our expectation is that at the end of this mentoring experience, the mentee, in collaboration with the mentor, acquires the tools and confidence to be more successful in research. The requirements that the mentor must have to develop a success participation in the Mentoring Program are:

  • Experience in grant writing proposals, scientific papers, and teaching plan, among others.
  • Ability in the planning and understanding of the funded research process and dissemination of research results in a more effective and sustainable manner.
  • Define goals and objectives aimed at the professional development of mentee and carry out a plan to reach those goals.
  • Help the mentee in the identification of opportunities to become a successful researcher.
  • Reasonable time availability to assist the mentee and define strategies that help balance the time destined to teaching and research activities.
  • Direct the mentee in the different academic and research processes.
  • Share with the mentee the acquired knowledge and experiences in research.
  • Ability to define mentoring expectations and/or common research interest with the mentee.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills oriented to the mentee.
  • Receive and give suggestions and listen different points of view of the mentee.
  • Commitment to complete the expectations of the Mentoring Program at UPRM.

As part of the expectations of the Mentoring Program at the Research Academy, you as a mentor must commit to meet with your mentee (at least 4 times per semester) and motivate the mentee to complete 12 CEP hours in any activity sponsored by the Research Academy (workshops, seminars, forums, and symposiums) during a year. It is expected that during the first year, the mentee writes at least one research proposal, and articulate a plan that helps foster a research culture in their department and the university.

Roles and responsibilities of participating faculty

The faculty participant can take different roles, such as a friend, protegé, new junior faculty colleague or depending on your needs, academic experience and the nature of the mentoring relationship.

The tutored are responsible for:

  1. Spending time with the mentoring relationship and interact with the mentor often
  2. Bring to use the opportunities provided by the mentor
  3. Keep informed mentor academic and research progress, difficulties and concerns
  4. Share ideas and experiences with the mentor
  5. Ask for help or support when needed

Both have the responsibility to win the respect and trust of the other, interact academic, professional, and support the goals and programs of the CEP.

(adaptation for UPRM inspired by mentor programs from Northern Illinois University and University of North Dakota)

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