FMC Distinguished Mentors

Participants in the Faculty Mentoring Communities (FMC) program are mentored in small groups by teams of Distinguished Mentors from across the university.

Distinguished Mentors are established and respected scholars and researchers, recognized mentors of students or faculty in their discipline, highly regarded teachers, willing to learn and share, and who can speak to Mason’s values and mission. We look for Distinguished Mentors who represent, broadly speaking, the diversity of our incoming faculty and who are comfortable facilitating and working with individuals across disciplines. In total, we typically accept 6 to 9 Distinguished Mentors. Applicants should be tenured faculty.

Applications are solicited every spring semester. The spring 2021 application cycle is closed. Please contact Faculty Affairs if you are interested in future opportunities.

The commitment for the program is two semesters, and there are approximately five meetings of the Faculty Mentoring Communities each semester. Additional planning sessions occur regularly to ensure continuity and provide support. There is a modest stipend provided to the Distinguished Mentors for their leadership and participation. 

Our COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey results indicated additional mentoring as a need among faculty across all ranks and appointment types. This program is one strategy to address the needs of our incoming tenure-line faculty and affords Distinguished Mentors the opportunity to further develop their leadership and mentoring skills.

Please contact Faculty Affairs & Development with any questions at