MSU Faculty Mentoring Toolkit

Resources for Unit Administrators and Faculty

Resources for Unit Administrators

Resources for Mentors and Mentees

Other Resources

Acknowledgements

Literature Cited

Other Resources

Mentoring Toolkits from Other Institutions

Comprehensive List of Mentoring Program Examples

Advancing Diversity through the Alignment of Policies & Practices

MSU Faculty & Organizational Development

MSU Family Resource Center

MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

MSU Women’s Resource Center

Comprehensive List of Mentoring Program Examples

http://www.mentors.ca/mentorlinks.html

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Advancing Diversity through the Alignment of Policies & Practices

In the Fall of 2008, Michigan State University was awarded a $3.98 million Institutional Transformation grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program (Kim Wilcox, Provost and Principal Investigator). The resulting initiative, Advancing Diversity through the Alignment of Policies and Practices (ADAPP), is providing support for MSU colleges in a sweeping effort to align our values of diversity and quality with academic human resource policies and practices at the department- (or unit-) level. We recognize that departments are critical sites in which recruiting, evaluation, and promotion decisions are initiated--and where climate is most directly experienced by MSU faculty members.

ADAPP is being implemented by applying six guiding principles: quality, inclusiveness, transparency, objectivity, consistency, and alignment. Focus is on the structure of and associated policies and practices related to: faculty performance review, faculty search & selection, faculty mentoring, and women’s leadership. Research has shown that by developing objective, transparent criteria and practices in these four areas and consistently applying them across individuals and units, the potential for intended and unintended bias is reduced. In relation to extant research, a central goal of NSF is to strengthen the scientific workforce through increased inclusion of women in careers involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ADAPP-ADVANCE expands this goal by grounding its focus on women in the STEM disciplines in strategies designed to attract, retain and promote the highest quality faculty possible across all disciplines. The NSF grant has focused on the College of Engineering, the College of Social Science and the College of Natural Science. However, Provost Wilcox chose to use the ADVANCE grant as a catalyst for change across the University. Beginning in Fall 2010, the initiative was expanded to thirteen additional colleges.

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MSU Faculty & Organizational Development

The Office of Faculty and Organizational Development (F&OD) supports MSU faculty, academic staff and administrators in their ongoing quest for excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and leadership. To accomplish this goal, a broad range of seminars and programs, services, and resources in two programmatic strands are offered: (a) Faculty and Instructional Development, and (b) Organizational and Leadership Development. The Office is directed by Deborah DeZure, Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development, and is part of Academic Human Resources in the Office of the Provost. The F&OD site hosts an extensive section of resources related to mentoring (http://fod.msu.edu).

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MSU Family Resource Center

 

The Family Resource Center [FRC] is committed to family sensitive employment and academic policies, practices and programs that support faculty, staff and students as they balance their responsibilities of work and family. The Center provides a wide range of vital services including dissemination of resource information, advocacy for personal and family issues regardless of family constellation, and collaboration with other administrative units to develop and coordinate initiatives that address both current and future needs of families (http://www.frc.msu.edu).

 

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MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3) serves as the institutional focal point for promoting inclusion and diversity at Michigan State University. In addition to providing leadership and support for university-wide initiatives on inclusive excellence, staff of the office provide support to the campus community in four primary areas: Institutional Equity which includes ensuring compliance with state and federal non-discrimination laws and the University’ Anti-Discrimination Policy; Intercultural Education and Programs for faculty, staff, and students; Community Outreach to promote MSU’s core value of inclusivity within and beyond the borders of the campus; and advancing an inclusive community through the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants and research (http://inclusion.msu.edu).

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MSU Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) vision is for “Engaging ALL in Providing Access to Resources for the Advancement of Women.” Staff provide vital information to MSU departments, offices, and academic disciplines on women’s issues and resources. The WRC serves as a catalyst for collaboration, operates from a women-led agenda, and focuses on issues that matter most to women in the areas of leadership, social justice, and personal development. It is committed to creating and implementing strategies that promote the status of women by providing a supportive climate that enables all to become full and active participants in the development of policy, decision making, and the achievement of equity (http://www.wrc.msu.edu/).

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