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Mentoring Mini Grants

We are pleased to offer mentoring mini-grants for ordinary faculty at all stages of their careers at Providence College. The purpose of the mini-grants is to support faculty who wish to cultivate their professional mentoring networks. This initiative is based on the work of Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at UMASS Amherst.


The mutual mentoring model is flexible and network-based, building on the premise that faculty who have mentors are more successful overall and that multiple mentors better serve a faculty member’s interests and needs. The model includes the following characteristics:

  • Mentoring partnerships with a wide variety of individuals, including peers, near peers, tenured faculty, chairs, administrators, librarians, and students;
  • Mentoring approaches that accommodate the partners’ personal, cultural, and professional preferences for contact (e.g., one-on-one, small group, group, and/or online);
  • Partnerships that focus on specific areas of experience and expertise (e.g., teaching) rather than generalized, “one-size-fits-all” knowledge;
  • Benefits to not only the person traditionally known as the “protégé” or “mentee,” but also the person traditionally known as the “mentor;”
  • A sense of empowerment in which new, early-career, and underrepresented faculty are not seen or treated solely as the recipients of mentoring, but as proactive, intentional agents of their own career development.

Source: Yun, J. & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2009). When mentoring is the medium: Lessons learned from a faculty development initiative. To Improve the Academy, 27, 365-384.

Mini-grants are typically awarded during the fall semester for use throughout the academic year.​​​