The Ignatian Mentoring Program

The Ignatian Mentoring Program (IMP) for faculty started in 2004 with a grant from Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts and is continuing with support from the XU Jesuit Community.

Goal

To facilitate the incorporation and assimilation of the Ignatian vision into the professional identities of XU faculty.

Participants

Faculty who have participated in AFMIX or the IMP are paired with a new (typically 1st-4th year) faculty member, usually from their same college. Participants, both the new faculty and mentors, receive a $700 professional development stipend for their participation.

For a list of past pairings, click here.

Program Structure

Pairs meet regularly during the fall semester to discuss the Jesuit mission and identity as it relates to one's own discipline and career. Resources are made readily available from the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education.

During the spring semester, faculty incorporate a new mission-driven teaching component into their courses, progress on scholarly activity in a manner appropriate to the time-frame and articulate their scholarly works in a way that affirms the mission and identity of the University.

Outcomes

By the end of the year-long program, faculty have incorporated a mission-driven teaching component into their courses (see the outcome of their work), and are able to articulate their scholarship in a manner which is mission-related. Bi-annually, the book Teaching to the Mission is printed as a compendium of all the projects. Senior faculty have served as academic leaders who affirm the Jesuit identity of the University.

Faculty feedback

The establishment of the mentor relationship seems to have been the real value of the IMP. Our conversations about Ignatian spirituality, classroom ideas, book recommendations etc. will last beyond this first semester... This is something that would not have begun without the IMP.

Meeting my mentor was the best part of the IMP. We've started a friendship that might not have formed otherwise, and I feel comfortable talking with my mentor about almost anything.

I have valued taking the time to read about Jesuit identity and mission, which cohere with my personal and professional values. I feel challenged to think about the most effective pedagogical ways to incorporate these values and challenge students to reflect on how they are living out these values.

Recognition

Since 2004, Xavier's Mentoring Programs:

  • has become an endowed program by the Xavier Jesuit Community.
  • was presented, by invitation, at the Lilly Fellows Program's annual Workshop for Senior Administrators ("Mentoring for Mission"), October '07.
  • was presented, by invitation, at the Heartland-Delta Faculty Conversations Conference February '08 (panelist: Drs. Stephen Yandell, Richard Mullins, Trudelle Thomas and Debra Mooney).
  • has been spotlighted in a speech offered at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Santa Clara University's Bannan Institute by Dr. Jennifer Haworth of Loyola University-Chicago, "Making Critical Connections: Faculty/Staff Mission Formation Efforts at AJCU Institutions" and published in "CONVERSATIONS on Jesuit Higher Education", Fall '08.
  • paved the way to receive a 2nd mentoring grant from Lilly for "Taking Time to Think: Ignatian Principles at Work".

The First Cohort: Results of a 5-Year Following --- see the feedback here.