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College of Arts & LettersTopics-Based Mentorship Program

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The topics-based mentorship program is intended to provide resources for faculty in navigating issues where mentorship from within a department may not be optimal and where strategies and advice easily translates across academic fields. All mentors have agreed that any sensitive information shared with them will remain confidential.

The topics-based mentorship program is overseen by the Arts & Letters Faculty Development and Diversity Task Force. Inquiries, requests for new topics, and offers to serve as mentors can be addressed to Task Force Chair Nicole Hutton or Topics-Based Mentorship Program Coordinator Justin Remhof. We welcome offers from any full-time faculty members to mentor on any topic, and are especially seeking mentors on setting limits to service obligations, negotiating bureaucracy, toxic departmental dynamics, faculty disability issues, and issues for religious minorities.


Mentors by Topic


Managing hostile students:

Offering emotional and mental health support to students:

Teaching while female:

Teaching as a person of color:

  • Open until filled

Teaching on diversity and privilege:

Digital Accessibility or Accessible Digital Course Content:

Teaching with and about disability:

  • Amanda Wroten
    Adjunct Lecturer of Communications and Theater Arts

Public scholarship:

Exhibitions and shipping costs:

  • Open until filled

Grant writing:

Advising students:

Tenure and promotion processes:

Promotion and personal development for non-tenure-track faculty:

LGBTQ faculty issues:

  • Martha M. Daas, Ph.D
    Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Associate Professor of Spanish

Work/life balance:

Limiting Service Obligations:

  • Mona Danner
    Professor & Chair, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Mentorship Empowerment:

Parenting as a Professor:

International Faculty Issues:

Issues for Religious Minorities:

Issues for Faculty with Their Own or Supporting Family with Disabilities:

  • Nicole Hutton
    Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography