The goal of the 2014-2015 IRC Faculty Mentoring Program is to strengthen the academic relationship between the IRC faculty fellows and 2nd and 3rd year IRC students.
1. Faculty Fellow Program
This program is completely voluntary, and is available to all 2nd and 3rd year IRC residents. Students can select a Faculty Fellow, the Principal, or the Director of Studies as a faculty mentor based on common academic interests between the faculty mentor and student. The student would initiate a meeting at least once each semester (e.g. one-to-one or group meetings at the Munford fishbowl, Garden Room or dining at a common table at a Conversazione Grande dinner) with their faculty fellow. Additional meetings and shared activities may be scheduled based on common interest and desire for engagement.
2. Faculty Fellow Role
The IRC Faculty Fellow role would be to mentor a student on the "big picture" of their individual academic career by:
1) relating their own career paths and those of their colleagues to the student
2) discussing work-life balance strategies for a successful university experience
3) identifying possible UVA faculty to serve as a student's research advisor
4) suggesting internships, job options and graduate school opportunities.
3. Differentiation from Academic Advisor Role
An IRC Faculty Fellow would not replace a student's Academic Advisor (from the student's department or school) who advises regarding coursework requirements and options for their particular major or minor, and who is specifically responsible for monitoring and supporting a student's curricular progress toward graduation. All curricular advising is the direct responsibility of a student's academic advisor in their major department.
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