Faculty Mentoring Circles Connection (FMCC)

Keeping within the goals proposed by Provost Blair Lord — Become a showcase for teaching and learning at a regional comprehensive university with an emphasis on relationship-driven education. — the Faculty Mentoring Circles Connection (FMCC) Program is committed to building relationships with new and existing faculty. The purpose is to sustain, maintain, and retain faculty at EIU.

FMCC provides a development and acculturation experience for new faculty, assisting them in making the transition to full-time academic work and a career at Eastern. It provides opportunities for exiting faculty to form relationships, which leads to learning partnerships.

FMCC provides a wide range of mentoring assistance to new faculty, including advice, social support, information, coaching and friendship. The program helps new faculty to develop social networks outside their academic departments. Mentors and mentees are paired up at the beginning of the year. Due to the bond created, many choose to remain together beyond the first year; when another mentee is assigned, a circle is formed.

Relationships are organized across college lines, with no more than two individuals assigned to a mentor. Each partnership meets for coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner for at least one hour, once or twice a month, throughout the academic year. It is totally up to them to work out the logistics of the relationship. Topics for these meetings will be determined by them after attending the mentor/mentee first training session and may include such things as:

  • Teaching Techniques
  • Student Academic Integrity
  • Strategies for Achieving Tenure
  • Identifying Useful Resources at the University
  • Balancing Teaching and Research
  • Maintaining a Healthy Balance Between Work and Life
  • Handling Ethical Problems
  • Negotiating Departmental Politics
  • Navigating in the Academy
  • Many Others

Requirements for Mentors

  • Only tenured faculty may mentor a tenure-track faculty member.
  • Only tenure-track faculty may mentor non-tenure faculty working on a terminal degree.
  • Mentors are required to attend mentoring training seminars.
  • Mentors must attend a maximum of mentoring training seminars during the academic year. Each meeting is 1 1/2 hours in length.
  • At the end of each semester, mentors will submit a short report about his/her mentoring activies.
  • Mentors will have a picture and short bio posted on the Office of Faculty Development website for new faculty to read.
  • Mentors will not be assigned a mentee from within their own department. Every attempt will be made to match mentors and mentees working within the same college.




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