More than 300 UTMB faculty responded to a mentoring survey, indicating that they were interested in:
- Providing mentorship
- Further developing their own mentoring skills
- Gaining additional mentoring for themselves
More than 131 assistant professors responding had at least 30% of their time protected for research. 22 of these respondents were interviewed regarding their candid perceptions of current mentoring and their priorities for mentoring assistance.
Respondent’s mentoring needs fell into three categories.
- Approximately half indicated they would like additional mentoring in experimental design, preparing manuscripts, seeking outside funding, receiving feedback on writing, and communication skills.
- A majority indicated they would like assistance in how to navigate the culture of their department, promote professional behavior (enhanced visibility), facilitate networking with colleagues, provide advice on balancing family and career, etc.
- Most expressed a wish to learn more about APT policies, assistance with setting goals for advancement, and regularly receiving feedback about their progress towards promotion and tenure.
* for full data on assessment need please refer to the arm survey data!