Mentoring programs help faculty to navigate and build successful careers at UBC.
Explore opportunities to be mentored by senior faculty members or to become a mentor to a junior faculty member or student:
Faculty Mentoring Programs
Mentoring programs help our faculty members meet their full potential and can be a rewarding experience for mentors. The Provost’s Office supports mentoring through the Academic Leadership Development Program. Many of our faculties and departments also have mentoring programs for their faculty members. Explore mentoring opportunities and resources below:
For a list of guidelines for mentoring faculty, view the Mentor Guide.
All ALDP participants are encouraged to engage in coaching services.
Through this program, a coach and an academic leader form a partnership to support the leader as he/she determines and achieves his/her professional goals.
These awards recognize one senior and one mid-career faculty member’s outstanding ability to create effective working relationships and offer support and guidance.
The awards will be awarded based on the quality and extent of mentoring of graduate students.
UBC has a one-year institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD provides professional development, training and mentoring opportunities to faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and administrators, and all members of these groups at UBC are encouraged to register. The majority of resources are free of charge; for programs that do call for a separate fee, faculty members may wish to use their Professional Development funds. Alternatively, Faculties and Departments could consider sponsoring the academic who wishes to register.
A wide variety of topics is covered, with examples including: enhancing writing productivity; tips for preparing funding proposals; and creating work-life balance. The NCFDD Core Curriculum is based on 10 key skills necessary to thrive in the academy.
Examples of NCFDD Programs:
- Core Curriculum
- Dissertation Success Program
- Guest Expert Webinars and Multi-Week Courses
- 14-Day Writing Challenge
- Monday Motivator
- Faculty Success Program (extra fee)
- Campus Workshops (extra fee)
- Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program (extra fee)
Since beginning our institutional membership in 2017, over 300 UBC academics have created accounts and begun to take advantage of this resource.
How to register:
- Visit UBC’s NCFDD page at www.facultydiversity.org/institutions/ubc.
- Click “Activate my Membership” to create your profile. You will need to use your email address ending in “ubc.ca”.
- Create a profile.
- You should then be able to sign-in anytime to access the programs.
- If you have any problems creating your profile or accessing the site, please contact: membership@FacultyDiversity.org.
Faculty/Department Mentoring Programs
The Faculty of Science offers one-on-one mentoring to provide support and guidance to junior faculty while they navigate the demands of their pre-tenure years. Junior faculty benefit from the advice their mentors offer, and senior faculty find it rewarding and valuable to engage with junior colleagues.
The Department of Medicine faculty mentoring program is provided for the benefit of all tenure track or grant tenure track faculty in their first academic appointment.
The Faculty of Applied Science encourages faculty mentoring throughout all stages of career progression. See the guidelines for Applied Science units to develop their own mentoring programs and policies.
Mentor a Student
By lending your experience and knowledge to a student, you can greatly enhance their chances for success. Below are some examples of the many student mentoring opportunities available at UBC:
Mentoring programs match students with an industry mentor and/or faculty mentor to help them build their network, develop leadership skills and learn more about the University.
Mentoring programs in Engineering offer an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the engineering profession and to connect with academic and industry professionals.
The e@UBC Mentor Network provides venture teams access to experienced, seasoned business leaders who provide guidance and accountability through critical growth and development phases.
The Computer Science Tri-Mentoring Program matches junior undergraduate/graduate students with senior undergraduate/graduate students, who are in turn matched with industry or faculty mentors.