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Faculty Mentoring Program

Recommended by the faculty Mentoring Work Group (of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Women Faculty), the Provost’s Small Group Faculty Mentoring Program is intended to promote retention and success for early career faculty.

Our goals for the program include:

  • Provide a formal mentoring experience for early career faculty at Northwestern University facilitated by highly respected senior faculty (both Evanston and Chicago campuses).
  • Provide an opportunity for early career faculty to explore, discuss, and learn about topics relevant to their career trajectory at Northwestern University, including but not limited to career advancement strategies, internal and external networking, problem solving/conflict resolution, balancing professional/personal roles, and leadership development.
  • Create an interdisciplinary community of scholars among early career faculty in order to expand their university and academic networks.

The yearlong program is composed of small mentoring groups as follows:

  • 5-8 junior faculty matched with specially selected and trained senior faculty mentors
  • Separate groups for tenure-line and non-tenure eligible faculty on each campus.
  • Monthly meetings (dates chosen by the group) from September through May
  • Concluding lunch with the Provost

In 2020-2021, the program includes invited second year faculty. For more information, please contact Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty, at