posted February 16, 2000

Grant Supports Mentor Needs

Dr. Caroline Simon, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Hope College, is leading a three-year project to develop models for mentoring new faculty at Christian colleges and universities.

          The "Mentoring Models Initiative" is funded
  through a $109,000 grant awarded through the Lilly Fellows
  Program in Humanities and the Arts, a national network of
  more than 60 church-related colleges and universities
  interested in exploring Christian understandings of the
  nature of the academic vocation.
          The network's projects include supporting
  mentoring programs through which colleges and universities
  help their junior faculty members understand their
  institution's approach to teaching and scholarship in a
  church-related liberal arts setting.  The initiative Simon
  is leading will survey the experiences of the 12
  institutions that have run such network-funded programs, and
  will ultimately produce a book that others can use to craft
  similar programs of their own.
          Simon has directed one part of Hope College's
  mentoring program for the past two years.  In 1996, she also
  directed the network's first Summer Institute, which
  provided an opportunity for faculty participants from around
  the country to consider how Christian faith can inform
  higher education.  She has been a member of the Hope faculty
  since 1988.
          This summer, she will gather representatives of
  the 12 schools that have held Lilly Mentoring Programs to
  share what they have learned through designing and
  implementing them.  From the initial meeting and subsequent
  discussions she will lead development of a book that she
  hopes to complete in 2002.
          Established in 1991, the Lilly Fellows Program in
  Humanities and the Arts is based at Christ College of
  Valparaiso University in Indiana.  The network receives
  major funding support from Lilly Endowment Inc. of
  Indianapolis, Ind.
          In addition to Hope, the institutions that have
  held Mentoring Programs since the 1996-97 school year are:
  Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.; St. Olaf College in
  Northfield, Minn.; Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.;
  Berea College in Kentucky; Midland Lutheran College in
  Freemont, Neb.; Abiline Christian University in Texas;
  Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.; the
  University of Notre Dame in Indiana; the University of the
  Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas; the University of
  Scranton in Pennsylvania; and Loyola Marymount in Los
  Angeles, Calif.