University’s Ignatian mentoring program receives Lilly grant

Faculty members to help each other connect Xavier’s mission to their work | November 18, 2003

Xavier University's Ignatian programs received a $12,000 Lilly Fellows Program grant for an Ignatian mentoring program (IMP) for tenure-track faculty.

The IMP is designed to enhance second-year faculty members' abilities to carry out their teaching and scholarly work in a substantial and mission-focused manner. Highly personalized professional mentoring relationships are key in helping them meet this goal.

The mentors are tenured faculty members who have completed the University's extensive AFMIX (Assuring the Future of Mission and Identity at Xavier) program. Each will be paired with two second-year faculty colleagues from the same college for a 12-16-month period.

During the mentoring period, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2004, mentors will guide junior faculty members through meetings, readings and discussions. By the end of their time with their mentors, junior faculty members should be comfortable incorporating new mission-oriented content and/or teaching approaches into their courses, as well as producing scholarly or artistic work that advances them toward tenure while bearing the stamp of the University's mission.

"Our hope is the program will help incorporate the Ignatian vision into the professional identities of faculty early in their academic careers," says Debra Mooney, director of Ignatian Programs, part of Xavier's department of mission and ministry.

The Lilly Fellows Program (LFP) in Humanities and the Arts seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities. LFP Mentoring Programs provide funds to nurture new and junior faculty at selected institutions and strengthen the commitment of all faculty to the institutional mission. Xavier was one of three institutions to receive a grant of $12,000 through this year's LFP Mentoring Program.

For more information, please contact Debra Mooney at 513 745-3530.