Mentor Match Program
The Mentoring Committee coordinates Mentor Match, a nine-month program to connect early-career academic staff members to the wider network of academic staff and the UW-Madison community.
Mentors and mentees are matched in early fall of each year. Academic staff members should watch for an e-mail invitation to participate and a signup link on this webpage. In some cases, matches can be made throughout the year. Please contact the committee chair for more information.
Annual Program Timeline
- August/September: All academic staff receive an email invitation to participate in the program as a mentor or mentee
- Early October: Mentor matches notified
- Late October: Kickoff event
- Winter and Spring: Seminars (optional, open to all Academic Staff)
- April/May: Wrap-up event
- May: Program evaluation
In addition, matches coordinate meetings on their own. The anticipated time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per month.
Become a Mentor
Mentors are always needed! Matches are made based on the mentor’s and mentee’s shared goals, experience and interests. The Mentoring Committee provides mentors with resources to support your service.
People who make good mentors have three or more years of experience at UW-Madison, spot the potential in others, are resourceful guides, display patience and tolerance, give encouragement and see the big picture in situations.
Previous mentors in the program have said:
“I think this program is a good way to meet people across campus who are working in similar disciplines while also providing an opportunity to help others ease into roles with which they may not be familiar.” – 2018-2019 Mentor
“I learn as much from my mentee as they do from me! It’s a great way to connect with another colleague on campus.” – 2018-2019 Mentor
“It was great to connect with someone on campus and serve as a resource and also learn more about myself.” – 2018-2019 Mentor
Request a Mentor
UW-Madison academic staff members with one year of employment at UW-Madison are eligible to request a mentor.
Successful mentoring relationships start with mentees who are goal oriented, seek challenges, take initiative, show eagerness to learn and take personal responsibility. Mentees drive the relationship with their mentor, therefore you should have a clear sense of what you hope to accomplish through the Mentor Match program. Matches are made based on the mentor and mentees shared goals, experience and interests.
Other UW-Madison Mentoring Resources
While Mentor Match serves academic staff only, several units on campus offer mentoring programs to faculty, staff and students, including:
- Department of Information Technology
- Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
- Office of Undergraduate Advising
- Research Mentor Training
- Women Faculty Mentoring Program
This list is not all inclusive. Please contact us to have your mentoring program listed on this website.
Additionally, all UW-Madison employees are welcome to join the committee’s LinkedIn group to read relevant articles and participate in timely discussions about mentoring.
Please contact the committee chair/co-chairs for more information.