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Our goal is to make certain that all non-tenured faculty members, whether they receive tenure here or move to other institutions, will look back on their early years at Yale as a period of exceptional professional development and personal growth. Mentoring of these new faculty by their tenured colleagues is one important means to ensure not only that non-tenured faculty have access to the information they need about University procedures and expectations, but also that they receive thorough and consistent feedback on their scholarship and teaching.
Effective departments actively, generously, and collegially mentor non-tenured faculty. This commitment contributes to the quality of teaching and research and to the substance of individual and communal scholarly life at Yale. Effective mentoring begins in the hiring process and depends upon early orientation to the expectations of the department and University, regular open communication between the chair and the non-tenured faculty member, conversations about research and teaching between the faculty member and colleagues at different ranks, and formal and informal opportunities for feedback and response to research proposals and work in progress as well as to teaching.
This site contains general guidance and timelines for the mentoring process, as well as tailored information for each individual involved: chairs and deans, faculty mentors, and non-tenured faculty members. Follow the links below for a comprehensive mentoring timeline, and for more detailed information on each role in the faculty mentoring process at Yale.