Enabling Success of Faculty at Purdue: Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) as a Pilot Program

A member will discuss concerns and provide advice and advocate for the faculty member mentee. To advocate means to support, believe in, sponsor, and encourage. Members are expected to advise faculty mentees about navigating their lives on campus to enable them to be productive. The members will sort out/resolve minor issues. They will not serve as a go-between for a faculty member and someone else in an issue, or mediate issues.

What can CRN do for assistant and associate professors?
      - Provide one-on-one mentoring and advising
      - Build community with assistant and associate professors campus-wide
      - Have the opportunity to explore a field of interest through exposure to a professional in that field
      - Build a network of valuable professional connections
      - Have an advocate on campus
      - Benefits of having coach/mentor outside your college include:
                   - Facilitating candid conversations about concerns especially outside the unit
                   - Varying perspectives on issues and on navigating academic spaces

The inaugural CRN is diverse. Faculty members from across disciplines/colleges have accepted our invitation to serve on the CRN. Any assistant or associate professor (tenure track/tenured/clinical) at Purdue may select and work with a maximum of two CRN members. The CRN members are expected to meet regularly (once a month) with the assistant or associate professor and advise and advocate for them. Each CRN member will serve a term of two years with the possibility of renewal. In recognition of their work and time, each member will receive a yearly discretionary fund of $1000 that includes contributions from the Butler Center, Purdue ADVANCE, and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI).

A professional development workshop on coaching and mentoring will be offered to members through the Butler Center. Thereafter, the members and the coordinators will meet twice a semester to discuss concerns and share suggestions. Because the CRN is a new pilot initiative, these meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss how to make it more effective.

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