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Part of developing as a teacher-scholar over one’s career involves mentoring, both as a mentee and as a mentor giving back to the university by sharing your expertise and experience with other faculty. Also, you inevitably take on the role of mentor with students, whether as an instructor guiding them in an undergraduate research project, as a student organization sponsor, perhaps as a graduate faculty thesis advisor, or maybe just being the voice of experience in a protégé moment with a student during office hours.

“Don’t re-invent the wheel,” is an oft-quoted maxim. Mentors are incredibly valuable to help others avoid pitfalls and save time finding effective ways to do things. Please consider finding a mentor to help you advance your career as a teacher and a scholar. Whether finding a mentor here at UCO or at another institution, those who have benefited from mentoring relationships can tell you how beneficial mentor/mentee connections are.

If you are interested in being a mentor to a new UCO faculty member, please contact CETTL, which can connect you with a new instructor as she or he enters the UCO community of teacher-scholars.

The CETTL resource page for mentoring provides information about mentoring in general.

See CETTL’s Event Calendar to find the next mentoring program date and sign up.