Provost’s Mentored Faculty Scholars Program
In February 2022, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors, together with the senior vice provost for Faculty Affairs and vice provost for Faculty Development, will launch a new one-year, scholarship-focused 1:1 mentoring program for tenured and tenure-track faculty, in any discipline. The Provost’s Mentored Faculty Scholars program augments traditional, within-department faculty mentoring at UT by facilitating mentor-mentee pairing across departments, or even across colleges. Mentees nominated for this program possess both strong scholarly records and a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community. Mentored Faculty Scholars participating in the program will:
- Identify short- and long-term scholarly objectives suitable for their career stage and discipline and codify these in an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
- Identify sources of external funding, support, and recognition to grow their research portfolio and will take steps toward pursuing that external recognition
- Receive support from OVPR Research Development to take steps toward advancing their scholarly agendas
- Build a working relationship with a senior faculty leader who can advocate on their behalf
- Build connections with the Office of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors and Faculty Affairs leadership within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
The Provost’s Mentored Faculty Scholars comprises a cohort of 16 faculty members, nominated by their deans, from across UT’s colleges and schools. Each mentee is given the opportunity to select their own faculty mentor from any academic discipline, with mentor-mentee matching facilitated by program staff.
Through sustained, 1:1 interactions with their mentors over a one-year period, along with workshops and cohort sessions featuring mentoring experts from among UT’s faculty, each participant will develop a soft skillset critical to building or expanding their scholarly portfolio and increasing its impact. This includes maximizing the reach of their scholarship beyond traditional sub-disciplines; navigating the university’s culture and climate; navigating the external scholarly and publishing landscape; understanding how funds flow within UT; and knowing how to design a larger-scale initiative or scholarly endeavor that returns on its investment.
- Mentor-mentee pairs set their own schedules for required meetings (30 hours total) throughout the program year
- Separate mid-program check-ins for both the mentee and mentor cohorts to solicit feedback and tailor offerings as needed
Research Development support:
- Organized “Shut Up and Write” events (one per long semester) for cohort members to work on scoping research ideas for grant proposals
- 1:1 consultation for each mentee with an OVPR research development officer to discuss possible external funding sources
- Connection to other research resources and staffing (e.g., OVPR Innovation and Economic Impact portfolio) to advance mentees’ stated goals
The Provost’s Mentored Faculty Scholars program is by invitation only, but tools for self-assessment and professional development created for the program are available to anyone. Download the toolkit here.