Mentor Program at UC Merced

The Mentor Program was implemented by the Academic Personnel Office in coordination with the Senate Faculty Welfare and Academic Freedom Committee. The program pairs pre-tenure faculty with an internal mentor (UC Merced) and/or an external mentor. The goals of the formal mentoring program are to build community, collegiality, foster a positive environment, and to identify and address challenges to faculty excellence at UC Merced.

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring plays an invaluable role in faculty development, advancement, and retention. The success of faculty mentoring is enhanced when mentoring is faculty-driven, functional and flexible. Accountability and assessment are key to ensuring the goals and objectives of the pre-tenure faculty are met. Research has shown that mentoring enhances faculty success and promotes a positive workplace environment.

Please see the Mentor Program Guidelines for more information.

Benefits for Mentees

  • Support and advocacy from a senior colleague
  • Advice on responsibilities and professional priorities
  • Individual recognition and encouragement
  • Informal feedback, and critical, constructive appraisal
  • Access to informal networks of communication

Benefits for Mentors

  • Gratification in enabling new faculty to begin their careers with a sense of direction
  • Satisfaction of helping with the professional growth and development of a pre-tenure colleague
  • Increased engagement by contributing to overall institutional climate change
  • Provides opportunities for reflection and renewal of mentor’s own teaching and research career
  • Access to new knowledge and techniques
  • Increased interaction with current institutional developments

For more information on the UC Merced Faculty Mentor Program contact Esmeralda Martinez, Academic Recruitment and Faculty Development Analyst ( or the Academic Personnel Office (