Academic Staff Mentoring Program

"A good mentor helps you to walk in your own shoes, even if you start out just wanting to walk in theirs"
Li Cunxin (Mao's Last Dancer)

Mentoring is an important aspect of academic career and professional development. Mentees from all academic levels are nominated by their Deans or Research Institute Director, and are matched with a more experienced, Senior Academic mentor by a panel, based on information provided by staff including career goals and aspirations, areas of interest and expertise, and career and professional development needs.

Some of the reported outcomes by previous participants speak of creating opportunities for joint research; gaining insight into different disciplines/schools; developing a cross-school relationship; developing research strategy; receiving support and advice regarding promotion; developing skills in grant bidding, funding sources, and publications; gaining a fresh perspective on career development; and the transfer and sharing of knowledge.

The Program is endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executive and is fully funded by the University and coordinated by Organisational Development.

Program Objectives

  • To provide staff with the opportunity to broaden and share their knowledge, skills, capabilities and experience
  • Enhance academic career and professional development at the University through a developmental mentoring partnership
  • Foster increased engagement in core University activities
  • Build a high-performing, professionally competent and collegial workforce to achieve the University's goals and aspirations.

The Program Involves

A number of face-to-face workshops and drop-in online sessions as well as regular meetings between mentor and mentee, access to online resources, and support from the Organisational Development team. The dates for the 2024 program face-to-face and online sessions are:

  • Half-day introductory workshop - 12 March
  • Drop-in  online session - 1 May
  • Mid-point workshop - 3 July
  • Drop-in  online session - 4 September
  • Final workshop and graduation ceremony - 13 November

Applications closed Monday 29 January 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information:

Please contact Leena Awawdeh, Learning and Development Specialist, Organisational Development, Office of People

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