The Process

Establishing a College or Department Mentoring Program

Mentor and mentee meetingThe development of mentoring programs is an important component of the learning culture at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The current support of UMMC leadership is evident for establishing formal mentoring programs to ensure the academic success of new faculty and leadership development.

The organizational structure for mentoring within a division of UNMC should define the purpose and scope, the faculty to be served, the committee roles and accountability for program management, and the outcome measures and success factors to be attained. To support mentoring on the campus, the Faculty Mentoring Office will provide annual or semiannual UNMC workshops with mentoring content experts.

College or departmental mentoring committees should establish mentoring opportunities, identify potential mentors, and match mentors with mentees based on mentor experience, expertise, learning style, and accessibility (Thomas, 2001).  Opportunities for training of mentors and mentees are available through the mentoring office. Sufficient flexibility should be present in each organization to permit both formal and informal mentoring and varying forms of mentoring including dyad mentoring, peer mentoring, and facilitated group mentoring.