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Diversity Programs at Statler College

Mentorship Programs

The newly developed informal mentoring program has been designed to include multiple aspects of academic life, including balancing professional and family obligations. The programs are intended to freely address the needs of the participants as they advance through their careers to create a sense of belonging, community and support network among students, faculty and staff in the College. 

The new mentorship program is broken down into three categories — junior faculty where members will have the opportunity to be paired with senior faculty to receive guidance on career development, all faculty and staff where members could be mentored by volunteers from different academic units including the dean’s office, and undergraduate and graduate students where students will be paired with alumni or other successful professionals with a passion for mentoring and dedication to WVU and the College, if they choose to participate.

The process for the program will be self-selection, in which mentors and mentees engage in a mutual partnership to establish an open and beneficial partnership, unrestricted by an academic unit. Additionally, the informal program is designed to be attentive to mentoring across different backgrounds, professional stage, gender, sexual orientation, race and culture. The criteria and methods to participate are listed below.

Formal mentoring program for junior faculty

GOALS:  To assist junior faculty in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) with pertinent information and guidance on career development.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Mentoring is a critical component of an academic career. The proposed formal program develops an ambitious plan in which junior faculty are paired with senior faculty (associate or full professor level) mentors in the College for pertinent advice and multiple guidance on career development at WVU. Through this program it is envisioned that faculty mentors can contribute significantly to the development of their mentees’ research and teaching skills, career management and collegial networking, just to name a few. This is a College’ level initiative under the leadership of Dean Pedro Mago; it represents a formal mentorship defied herein as a structured and assigned pairing of mentor and mentee to include clear goals, meeting agenda, and milestones or target outcomes.

Notes*:

  • Some departments might have very effective faculty mentoring plans and established programs. If a junior faculty member in a specific program is aligned with such a unit, they should actively participate. If a junior faculty does not have a mentor in their home department, they should strongly consider engaging in this College level program.

WHO ARE THE MENTORS:

  • Volunteers from different academic units’ or from dean’s office, at different stage/s of their professional development (i.e., associate or full professor levels). Because a department performs teaching and service assignments as well as promotion and tenure evaluations, mentor and mentees could be from the same unit if they so choose.

GENERAL ROLES OF THE MENTORS:

  • Informal mentors will provide a supportive environment.
  • Informal mentors are expected to be available for informal discussions with the mentees.
  • Informal mentors are expected to provide constructive feedback.
  • This program starts October 15, 2021. For more information on how to engage with or be in this mentor-mentee formal program please contact Associate Dean for Student, Faculty and Staff Engagement, Professor Cerasela-Zoica Dinu.

    Informal faculty and staff mentorship program

    PROGRAM GOALS: To build a strong and engaged academic community for faculty and staff in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) that reflects the diversity of these stakeholders.

    GENERAL INFORMATION: Faculty and staff mentoring should be both a formal and an informal activity that should extend beyond the minimum effort of informing these constituents of the requirements for achieving success in their career. The Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Pedro Mago, is a strong believer that mentoring is a valuable investment in the College future to promote and sustain academic excellence. As such, under his leadership, a new Mentorship Program has been tailored for the development of faculty and staff to allow these constituents to thrive. While the formal mentorship is a natural progression associated with the employee’ responsibilities, the informal one is more recently recognized as an integral part of the success and retention of the employee. As such, this newly developed informal mentoring program has been designed to include multiple aspects of the academic life, from balancing professional to family obligations. Program is indented to address the needs of all stakeholders as they advance through their careers; as such, the program is based on a process of self-selection in which mentors and mentees are engaging in a mutual partnership to establish an open and beneficial program, unrestricted by academic unit designed (sometime considered restrictive) formal program. Moreover, this informal program is designed to be attentive to mentoring across different background, professional stage, gender, sexual orientation, race, and culture.

    WHO ARE THE MENTORS:

    • Volunteers, i.e., from different academic units’ or dean’s office, at different stage/s of their professional development.
    • Volunteers, i.e., other successful professionals (could be alumni or colleagues from other Colleges or Academic Units at WVU) with a passion for mentoring and with dedication to WVU and the Statler College mission “to honor the worth of every individual and sustain an environment where all people are encouraged to succeed and excel”.

    GENERAL ROLES OF THE INFORMAL MENTORS:

    • Informal mentors will provide a supportive environment.
    • Informal mentors are expected to be available for informal discussions with the mentees.
    • Informal mentors are expected to provide constructive feedback.

    Resources Provided: An incentive of $300 is provided for each Mentor-Mentee group to be used for informal lunches or afterhours meetings (no alcohol *Notes: If lunches are the form preferred: A total of maximum 10 lunches/ i.e., one per month distribution or minimum 5 lunches/ i.e., 2 lunches per month, are sponsored. These meetings should be seen as an additional environment that allows for sharing in informal settings. Additional tools for communications and/ or programs. If additional tools for communications and/ or programs are needed, then the individual Mentor-Mentee program is to be reaching to the program coordinator (Professor Dinu) to discuss those needs and find additional means for support.

    Recognition: Recognition is an integral part of the annual evaluation for the Mentor/Mentee relationship. The Mentor and Mentee are to receive a certificate to attest of their participation in the Program. Lastly, the mentor is to receive a thank you item (total value: $25) that can also be selected up from the list of official WVU items, i.e., https://www.shopwvu.com.

    Accountability: Progress reports at 6 month and one year respectively (i.e., maximum 2 pages/ minimum one page, Times New Roman, 12 size font, 1 line spacing; figures could be included to not account in the page limit) are required. The reports are to be submitted to statler-engagementdean@mail.wvu.edu, attention Cerasela-Zoica Dinu, Associate Dean for Student, Faculty and Staff Engagement.

    To participate in the program please fill out the online application. Please submit applications before November 15, 2021.

    Informal faculty and staff mentorship program application

    Any questions should be addressed to statler-engagementdean@mail.wvu.edu

    Alumni informal mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students

    PROGRAM GOAL: To establish a structured informal program that promotes and helps advance the success of (undergraduate and graduate) students in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). By establishing this program, the Dean of the Stater College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Pedro Mago, foresees the potential to increase students’ engagement, satisfaction, persistence, and success at WVU, while assisting with individual student professional development and community integration.

    WHO ARE THE MENTORS:

    • Volunteers, i.e., academic units’ alumni basis
    • Volunteers, i.e., other successful professionals with a passion for mentoring and with dedication to WVU and the Statler College mission “to honor the worth of every individual and sustain an environment where all people are encouraged to succeed and excel.”

    ROLES OF INFORMAL MENTORS:

    • Informal mentors will provide a supportive environment for students enrolled in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU. They are expected to be available for informal discussions on professional development as related to overcoming barriers and thriving in a complex and diverse environment, guidance on work-family-life balance, and perspectives on different career paths, just to name a few.
    For more information on how to engage with or be in the alumni informal mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students please contact Associate Dean for Student, Faculty and Staff Engagement, Professor  Cerasela-Zoica Dinu.