About the Faculty Mentoring Program

History of the Program

The Faculty Mentoring Program grew out of the TLC Advisory Committee under the leadership of Dr. Susan Phillips, and in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Crane, Dr. Jackie Claes and Dr. Susan Dennison. The first UNCG Faculty mentee-mentor cohort matriculated during the 2008-09 academic year. Since its inception, the program has brought senior and junior colleagues together for the purpose of supporting faculty development and enhancing the likelihood that our faculty community members would consistently choose to stay at UNCG in increasingly productive career paths. Program evaluation indicates a significant “holding power” effect of the program, with a 91% retention rate among faculty who complete the program. The 2015-16 academic year cohort of mentees is the first to include both non-tenure-track and tenure-track faculty.

Purpose of the Faculty Mentoring Program

The Faculty Mentoring Program has always had at its core, faculty development and collegiality. This collegiality occurs in an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted manner of knowledge sharing that concomitantly promotes an intentional, productive and stable faculty body that may effectively partner with students, staff, and community members to meet our collective mission. The NFMP is informed by the latest scholarship in faculty development and mentoring practices, envisioning mentoring as a long-term relationship that is mutually beneficial, providing a supportive, ethical and enabling environment in which to develop to one’s fullest potential.

Relying on this definition, the program aims to provide:

  • a variety of mentor-mentee and group-based interactions that nurture faculty through mutually appropriate knowledge sharing in teaching, research, community engagement, and academic leadership
  • a set of program goals that aids the university in competitively recruiting and retaining excellent faculty, especially with attention to the needs of colleagues from historically under-represented groups
  • the seeds for a sustainable academic culture of interdisciplinary and cross-generational collegiality and collaboration in teaching, research, community engagement, and academic leadership
  • a resource for overarching goals of faculty governance that serve the mission of UNCG, the UNC system, and the broader project in US Higher Education.


Cerise L. Glenn, Faculty Fellow

Biography for Cerise Glenn coming soon!


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Email: clglenn@uncg.edu
Location: 349 Curry Building
Phone: 336.334.5507



Jenni Simon, Associate Faculty Fellow

Jenni M. Simon (Ph.D, University of Denver) is an instructor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Simon’s research focuses on gender and cultural issues, as well as the critical and rhetorical intersections that exist between culture and social movements. Co-editor of Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor (Lexington, 2015), she has published in Communication Review, Southern States Communication Journal, and Women’s Studies in Communication. Her most recent work explores feminism and social change, resistance to women’s movements, women in organizations and politics, and the changing role of motherhood in the post-modern area. Dr. Simon is a past chair of the Southern States Communication Association’s Gender and Women’s Studies Division.

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Email: jmsimon@uncg.edu
Location: 112 Ferguson Building
Phone: 336.334.5297



NFMP participants will be offered the following opportunities:

  • Individual mentoring with an experienced faculty member outside your department
  • Participation in a series of topical discussions comprised of new faculty members and two experienced faculty members (co-facilitators)
  • Opportunity to apply for a small stipend for a teaching or research project of your design*


Senior Faculty who serve as Mentors will:

  • Receive early fall training in mentoring
  • Meet with Senior faculty Mentors 2-3 times per semester for topical discussions
  • Receive a small budget for travel/lab support*
  • Meet with their mentee monthly


Selected Group Facilitators will . . .

  • Receive early fall training in group facilitation
  • Receive a small budget for travel/lab support*


How to get involved

  • Have a conversation with your department chair.
  • Digital applications are available at https://beta-utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/faculty-mentoring
  • Mentee self-nomination process takes place in March of the year prior to the NFMP year.
  • Mentor self-nomination process takes place in May of the year prior to the NFMP year.

Mentoring Resources

Click here for mentoring resources.

Past Faculty Mentoring Program Cohort

Click here to view the 2015-16 Mentor Cohort.

*All stipends are based on annual budget approval and subject to change each year.