Faculty & Staff

Are you looking to add a flexible service component to balance your career? Hoping to connect with students outside the classroom? Interested in being a guide and role model for students with various interests?

If the answer is yes, we encourage you to apply to be a Faculty/Staff Mentor with the University Mentorship Program!

Read the information below for more specific information about the role, responsibilities and timeline.

The application for Fall 2021 can be found here. Application deadline for Faculty/Staff/Graduate Student Mentors is Friday, April 2, 2021.


What is the Faculty/Staff Mentor Role in the University Mentorship Program?

The University Mentorship Program matches one Peer Mentor, one Faculty/Staff Mentor, and 6-8 first-year students. Groups are matched based on shared academic and co-curricular interests, and articulated matching preferences. Faculty/Staff Mentors spend 6-8 hours per month on Mentorship activities. Peer Mentors take the lead in coordinating and planning group events. The program lasts for the fall semester only to provide first-year students with support when they need it the most – during their first few months on campus!

Approximately 30 faculty/staff mentors are accepted each year from all over the University. All mentors are trained and supported by our staff throughout the experience.

Have questions? Email UMMentor@umich.edu


Why Be a Faculty/Staff Mentor?

We know you’re busy. Here’s why being a mentor can benefit you both personally and professionally. Mentorship can help you to:

  • Stay connected to students in an informal and positive way;
  • Be informed about the changing nature, interests, and concerns of current and new students which can help you gain new ideas and perspectives to be applied to other areas of your work
  • Participate in a rewarding community service;
  • Make a difference!
  • Meet other faculty and staff members
  • Attend fun and interesting events with your mentees, for free or at a subsidized cost
  • Enhance your professional identity
  • Keep updated with events that are happening on campus
  • Receive recognition and incentives for your participation

As a faculty/staff mentor, we would expect you to:

  • Connect with mentees over email from June-August (1-2 hours per month) 
  • Attend the Mentor Workshop in September for training and to meet your co-mentor
  • Attend Kickoff in September to meet and plan with your mentor group 
  • Communicate consistently with you co-mentor and mentees
  • Meet monthly with your Communication Coordinator
  • Attend Mentorship events as scheduling permits
  • Tell U-M friends and colleagues about Mentorship
  • Be available, supportive, and open minded to first-year students making transition to U-M
Apply to be a Faculty/Staff Mentor!

All applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis through June with their status and group information. Space is limited so participation is not guaranteed.

New Faculty/Staff Mentor To-Do List

Step 1: Complete Mentorship application.  

Step 2: In the application, be sure to let us know if you have been referred by another current mentor, AND if you know an accepted Peer Mentor you would like to be matched with.

Step 3: If accepted, contact your assigned Peer Mentor to introduce yourself and set up a plan for communicating over the summer.

Step 4: Contact your Mentorship group members after you receive your group roster in June: set up a time to meet before classes start to get to know each other and talk about expectations.

Step 5: Attend the mentors-only Workshop for a training session in the fall.

Mentor Workshop

Our Mentor Workshop is for both peer and faculty/staff mentors. The Workshop has sessions with a variety of topics, and we offer special sessions just for Faculty/Staff Mentors that provide a comprehensive outline of their roles. In addition to receiving a helpful timeline for the term, they learn more about the program's goals and how the Faculty/Staff Mentor role fits into the big picture, important dates for the fall semester and are informed of announcements or changes to the program for the new semester. The Workshop occurs in September, before the official program Kickoff.  


Mentor Incentives

Mentorship continues to offer incentives to Faculty/Staff Mentors to recognize their consistent dedication to the program and for their contributions over the course of the semester. Learn more about these exciting opportunities at the start of fall semester.

Mentors of the Year (MOTY) 

Nominated by Communication Coordinators (Mentorship staff) for exceptional work over the course of the semester. MOTY will be announced and awarded at the closing Winterfest event.

Departmental Recognition
For faculty and staff who have participated in the program, our goal is to raise awareness in academic and professional communities about the work of our mentors! Announcement letters to departments will be mailed out during winter semester to the supervisor you specify on your mentor application.