What is the AWC Mentor Program?
The AWC Mentor Program is primarily designed to help new faculty adapt to the challenges of their new job at Arizona Western College.
Who Participates in The Mentor Program?
During the first semester, a new faculty member is paired with an experienced faculty member who acts as a resource person to share information about the college, teaching, classroom mangagement, or subject matter as needed.
In addition to new faculty, other faculty members may request a mentor for assistance with a new assignment such as teaching over the ITN.
Who Are Mentors?
Mentors are experienced Faculty, both fulltime and associate, who demonstrate a positive attitude about AWC, the community college mission and their own life. They are skilled and proven instructors who demonstrate good communication skills. They are viewed as individuals who are willing to share information, display patience, diplomacy and resourcefulness, and are willing to be responsible to help someone grow professionally.
Fulltime and associate Faculty who have taught for a minimum of four semesters at AWC are eligible to be considered to be mentors. During Spring Semester an email will be sent to all Faculty by the CTE Director asking those interested in serving as Mentors to contact their Division Dean or Associate Dean. The Deans/Associate Deans will pass the names of Faculty who will serve as mentors on to the CTE Director and will then make mentor/mentee assignments as new FT and PT Faculty come to AWC. A master list of mentors is maintained in the CTE.
How Does The Process Work?
Selections are made from a pool of available mentors by the Deans and Associate Deans. The mentor contacts the mentee during the first week of the semester to set up a planning meeting. Together a mutual plan is developed for the semester. The mentor and mentee may set their own schedules depending on the needs of the mentee. This may include an exchange of classroom observations.
The mentor/mentee relationship is informal and reflects an attitude of colleagues helping each other. It is never a supervisory relationship. A critical part of the semester of mentoring is the classroom visit done by the mentee in the mentor's classroom and visa versa.
At the end of the semester, mentors of FT Faculty are awarded a small stipend for their efforts once all the requisite paper work is submitted to the CTE.