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Mentorship Opportunities — Program Guidelines


The mentor program is designed for future environmental and technology professionals and technology educators to work with a department faculty member to develop a better understanding of the teaching and instruction process. Each situation will be unique and outcomes will vary depending upon the student and faculty interests and the course in which the student is involved.


  • To give future environmental and technology professionals and technology educators the opportunity to assist with the planning and presentation within a class in the Environmental and Technological Studies Department.
  • To provide an opportunity for the students to learn more about the planning and administration processes of teaching a variety of courses and provide the faculty member with assistance with a class.
  • To provide an opportunity for Environmental and Technological Studies faculty member to expand or make modifications to the existing courses.
  • To allow faculty to have assessment of the course throughout the semester.


It is expected that this will be a learning/growth experience for both the student and the faculty member, also called the mentor. It is expected that:

  • Student will attend and participate in all scheduled times of the class.
  • There will be scheduled meeting (at least once a week) between mentor and mentee (notes from meeting should be included in notebook).
  • Both the student and the faculty mentor will attend three meetings during the semester with all other students and faculty involved in a mentoring program (first week, fifth week, and last week of class).
  • This will be included as part of the major program of study (ETS 414 if that will work within the program of study).


There are some limits that should be considered and understood by all parties before beginning the program. These might include, but not limited to:

  • Student will not replace duties of faculty mentor (liability or content wise).
  • There will be no pay for this position (this is not intended to be work study or student help type of activity).
  • Not more than 1 student per class.
  • Not more than 2 students per faculty mentor per semester.

Application Process (to be completed prior to end of semester before mentorship)

  1. Complete an application
    • Course
    • Mentoring teacher
    • Semester and year
    • 1-2 page paper on goals, outcomes, and why you should be selected for this program.
  2. Submit to faculty member for acceptance into program (Pending Mentorship Committee approval).
  3. Complete letter of intent with faculty mentor (this will outline initial requirements).
  4. Complete arranged course form to register for course (make sure the course will fit in your program with your advisor).
  5. Meet first week of class with all faculty and students involved in mentor program.


Some of the requirements include:

  • Development of a notebook to include at least the following sections:
  • Letter of Intent.
  • Application.
  • Notes from weekly meetings (initialed by faculty member).
  • Evaluations (week 5 and week 15).
  • Examples of research.

Examples of presentation

  • Weekly meetings with faculty mentor.
  • Three meetings with all faculty and students involved in mentor program per semester.
  • Evaluation of experience by student and faculty (to be completed and discussed at meetings of entire group).
  • Should be of junior or senior standing.

Possible Activities

There are four areas that would be appropriate for a student to be involved in as part of this program. Which area and how many areas should be identified and determined between the student and the faculty mentor. Ideally this would be determined before the beginning of the semester and be a part of the letter of intent. The areas include:

  • Presentations in classes.
  • Evaluation of course content.
  • Assessment of instructional strategies.
  • Assist with student involvement within the course.

Mentorship Committee

  • Department Chairperson
  • Mentorship Coordinator
  • All faculty having a mentee for semester
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