Instructor Mentoring and Teacher Partnership Program

UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program

To advance excellence in teaching and the success of all students, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) invites you to participate in the UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program at any point in your career. First launched in spring of 2019, the UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program is an opportunity to connect and exchange with another member of the UWM community around teaching and learning at any point in your career.

Participating as an Instructor Mentee, Mentor, or Teaching Partner provides an opportunity to:

  • rejuvenate your teaching
  • gain further personal satisfaction and fulfillment from teaching
  • develop a reciprocal relationship with a new colleague outside your department

The intended scope of these matches is to focus solely on teaching and learning with mentors, mentees, and Teaching Partners. Participants determine the level of investment they deem appropriate. This year we have added the option of choosing to be matched in a Teaching Partnership for connection and exchange around teaching and learning at any career or experience in teaching level. You can choose from the three options of this program:

  • As a mentee matched with a mentor in teaching
  • A mentor for someone in teaching and learning
  • (New) A Teaching Partner (an opportunity to connect with a colleague for exchange in conversation around teaching and learning.

Call for Mentors, Mentees, and Teaching Partners

We are seeking faculty and instructional academic staff from all of our colleges and schools to participate as mentors and mentees or Teaching Partners. All faculty and instructional academic staff are strongly encouraged to participate. Even if you have been an instructor for decades you can benefit from having a mentor, being a mentor, or engaging in a Teaching Partnership. By sharing our teaching experience, knowledge of students, and successful teaching practices, we can support each other’s growth as an instructor and increase student success.

Some of you will choose to select the option of being matched with a mentor in teaching or will choose to mentor someone in teaching and learning. Others may prefer to select the new “Teaching Partnership” option for the opportunity to be matched in a teaching partnership to exchange and talk about learning. To receive a match in the UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program, please complete this brief form: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tb9lrFrVpPkC0t

Matching Process

Instructors will be matched based on teaching interests and position category (e.g., faculty, instructional academic staff). Matches are limited to the pool of volunteer mentors, mentees. and partners available each semester. You will be matched with someone beyond your department in order for you to freely exchange outside of your departmental structures and because we do not have a large enough pool to arrange matches within each department.

If you have already been a mentor or mentee in this program in previous semesters, please complete this survey in order to include your name in the process for this spring.  If you would like a new mentoring relationship or teaching partnership, please respond to our recruitment call in each future semester as well.

You will receive an email from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) when your match has been made. If we are unable to arrange a match for you this semester, we will contact you. You can discuss with your match if you’d like to continue your mentoring relationship or partnership beyond this semester. Please contact CETL if, for some reason, your matched mentor or partner isn’t working out or if you have any questions or concerns.