Mentoring is an important aspect of the Teaching Certificate Program. Participants are required to work with a faculty mentor throughout the year to discuss issues related to teaching and learning in their disciplines.
Participants are responsible for choosing their mentors, arranging meetings, and setting agendas. The specifics of this relationship are negotiated individually.
A faculty mentor is:
- Usually not the participant's research advisor, to provide a different perspective.
- Usually from the same discipline as the program participant, but they can be from any department.
- At any stage of their career as long as they have a demonstrated interest in teaching and learning issues.
Mentors can be faculty from Northwestern University; a partner school such as Lake Forest College, Oakton Community College, or Northeastern Illinois University; or another local institution, with approval from Searle Center staff.
- Meet with the program participant at least once a quarter to discuss issues of teaching and learning.
- Provide feedback on the program participant's Course Design Project.
- Invite the program participant to observe your teaching.
- Conduct a teaching observation of the mentee.
- If requested, provide a letter for the program participant's teaching portfolio.