Resources


The Faculty Handbook states that, “Mentoring is an important component of faculty responsibilities. Depending on the discipline, the research effort involves the supervision and mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, other faculty, and those occupying post-doctoral or other research positions. Such mentoring is also part of a faculty member’s teaching effort. Mentoring of junior faculty is a significant service responsibility of senior faculty members.”

To assist faculty with their mentoring responsibilities, each school and several central university units make available information on best practices and guidance for becoming more effective mentors.

General Mentoring Resources:


FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR INITIATIVE:

A new program to provide department chairs consistent and high-quality support and guidance for their role as Chair.

Resources

Previous Events and Topics

  • New Chair Orientation
    • How to set up proper norms in your department.
    • Dealing with unreasonable requests from faculty, staff or students.
    • How to communicate so a team of allies are created.
    • How to take care of yourself as well as getting your own professional goals met.
    • You are not alone: knowing the resources and who to turn to for what.

  • Monthly Lunches
    • “The Deans”: Successfully dealing with upper administration.
    • The need for leadership and shared responsibilities: The importance of common goals, fairness equity, and psychological safety in a department.
    • Difficult Conversations: Specific tools, language, and strategies when faced with disengagement and dominant voices.
    • Case Studies from current department chairs
    • Panel with seasoned chairs
    • Provost Social Hour with Department Chairs
    • Collaboration with Keck’s Physician Leadership Initiative
    • USC Culture Journey – Importance of values-centered leadership on achieving a department’s vision and goals.
    • Presentations from the Office of Professionalism and Ethics and the Office of Employee Relations

Contact

  • Donna Garcia, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, dlgarcia@usc.edu.

FOR FACULTY MENTORS:

Below are some resources and best practices for mentors that can be adapted for personal use:


FOR MENTORING STUDENTS:


FOR FACULTY MENTEES

Last updated May 2024