Faculty Mentors

The goal of the program is to provide support, information and advice to these junior colleagues through formal and informal interactions, and thus ease their transition into the Haverford community and enhance their chances for success.

To learn more, please contact the Office of the Provost.


Rufus M. Jones, center, in Magill Library.

Introduction to Mentoring Program

Each spring the Provost and Associate Provost for Curriculum ask for volunteers from the faculty to serve as mentors to new, incoming faculty members. Funds are provided to foster informal meetings and interactions.


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  • Books

    Here is a list of some selected books that focus on the career of the professor in academe, and the positive outcomes from a productive mentoring relationship. Additional books are also listed for a more targeted audience, and discuss topics including racial and gender diversity, motherhood, and work-life balance.

    • Buller, Jeffrey L. The Essential College Professor, A Practical Guide to an Academic Career, John Wiley and Sons, 2010.
    • Felten, Bauman, Khevarty and Taylor, Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education, John Wiley and Sons, 2013.
    • Nakamura, Shernoff, Hooker, Csikszentmihalyi, Good Mentoring: Fostering Excellent Practice in Higher Education, John Wiley and Sons, 2009.
    • Bain, Ken What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, 2004.
    For a more targeted audience:
    • Connelly, Rachel and Ghodsee, Kristen, Professor Mommy, Finding Work Family Balance in Academia, Rowman and Littlefield, 2011.
    • Mack, Watson, Camacho, Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities, McFarland and Company, Inc. 2013
    • Guttierez y Muchs, Niemann, Gonzalez and Harris, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, University Press of Colorado, 2012. 
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