Instructor Mentoring and Teacher Partnership Program

Call for Mentors, Mentees, and Teaching Partners

We are seeking faculty and instructional academic staff, and Teaching Assistants from all our colleges and schools to participate as mentors and mentees or Teaching Partners. All faculty, Teaching Assistants, and instructional academic staff are strongly encouraged to participate. 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. 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.

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

How to Participate

To receive a match in the UWM Instructor Mentoring and Teaching Partnership Program, please complete this brief form: 

The intended scope of these matches is to focus solely on teaching and learning with mentors, mentees, or Teaching Partners. Participants determine the level of investment they deem appropriate.

By completing the very brief survey above, you will be matched with a colleague according to your course format interests: online synchronous; online asynchronous; mixed online and synchronous; face-to-face; or a mixture of face-to-face and online (hybrid/blended).

Participation Options

We have added the option to be matched in a Teaching Partnership for connection and exchange around teaching and learning at any career or level of experience in teaching. If you would like to be mentored by someone with more experience in teaching or to mentor someone, you can choose to be involved as a mentor or mentee. In the survey link below, you can choose from these three options:

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

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.

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 to include your name in the process this semester.  If you would like a new mentoring relationship or teaching partnership, please respond to our recruitment call in each future semester as well.

Match Confirmation

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.