University of Maryland Individual Studies Program

Finding a Faculty Mentor

At your meeting with the IVSP Coordinator you should discuss the role of your Faculty Mentor in IVSP and how to select one for your program. Early in the application process your mentor will be influential in the formation of your program, and in your course selection. Once you are admitted, your mentor takes on responsibility for grading the IVSP courses and serving as an academic resource for a variety of courses and projects. You should choose a mentor carefully.

A.Johnson & MentorIt is important to remember that the match between a mentor and your program must be made with the academic purpose of your major in mind. Your mentor should have significant teaching experience in a field related to your area of study. Generally, faculty mentors are tenured or tenure-track faculty members with the title of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. On occasion, instructors and other members of the University community can be considered.

Ideally, you will have had a class with a faculty member who is a natural fit for your program and is willing to help you. If that is not the case, consider the following:

1) The IVSP staff may be able to give you names of mentors from students with similar programs.

2) Professors who have had you in class, even if they are not the right fit for your IVSP major, may be able to introduce you to colleagues who would be more suitable.

3) Departmental staff people, including academic advisors, may be able to steer you towards faculty members who would be receptive to your request.

The IVSP Coordinator has information on the role of the Faculty Mentor that you may share with anyone who needs more information. If you or a potential Faculty Mentor has further questions, please feel free to contact the IVSP Director directly.

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