Mentor Match Program

The Academic Staff Mentoring Committee (ASMC) coordinates the Mentor Match Program, a nine-month program designed to connect early-career academic staff members to the wider UW-Madison community.

Participants in the Mentor Match Program are matched with a mentor or mentee(s). The nature of the mentor/mentee relationship is informal and not part of the organizational structure of an employee’s unit. In fact, we often try to match people who are not employed by the same division and sometimes mentors and mentees are in very different fields. The mentoring relationship is designed by the mentor and mentee based on their respective personal and professional goals. Some benefits of the Mentor Match Program include: meeting new people, learning about academic staff careers, career progression, strategies to manage work-life balance, and campus resources. We hope that the relationships expose employees who are new to campus to opportunities and perspectives beyond their own jobs.

Mentors and mentees are matched in early fall of each year. Academic staff members should watch for an e-mail invitation to participate. In some cases, matches can be made throughout the year. Please contact the committee chair/co-chairs for more information.

Definition of Mentoring

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”

Eric Parsloe

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.

“The mentor program is an outstanding way to make connections on a large campus. I learned so much as a mentor, it really felt like a peer-to-peer effort of collaborative support!”

2020-2021 Mentor

Become a Mentor

Mentors are always needed! Matches are made based on the mentor’s and mentee’s shared goals, experience, and interests. ASMC 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.

Unsure if you are ready to serve as a mentor? Complete the Mentor Readiness Assessment.

Previous mentors in the program have said:

“The program is a great opportunity to build networks for both mentor and mentee.” – 2019-2020 Mentor

“The program was a great encouragement for me to step out of my shell and get to know others on campus and learn more about what they do and their path. It was also great to have a neutral space to discuss sensitive issues. Also, my mentee had a different cultural background, and it was a great opportunity to for me to explore my assumptions and to help reinforce that my perspective on issues and experiences is not universal among my peers. Overall, it was a great opportunity, and very flexible so we could make the relationship something that worked well for both of us.” – 2020-2021 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.

Unsure if you are ready for a mentor? Complete the Mentee Readiness Assessment.

Previous mentees in the program have said:

“The mentor/mentee match program offers a unique opportunity to talk with someone outside of your work group to get fresh perspectives on how to grow, change, and improve how work is being done.” – 2020-2021 Mentee

“I was surprised at how nice it was to connect with other new or early career employees on campus, in addition to my mentor. Despite everyone in our group working in different departments and in different capacities, we connected through our mutual experiences at the university and with the academic environment. Especially during the pandemic, my mentor really focused on self-reflection and us as individuals, not just employees. It was unlike any prior mentoring experience I’ve had, and changed how I view my career and my professional goals. I also really appreciated being able to discuss personal thoughts and experiences related to work, without having any pressure of hierarchy that you would with coworkers or your supervisor.” – 2020-2021 Mentee

“My mentor helped me identify opportunities on campus for career development and places to learn more about campus organization/structure. Our meetings also motivated me to think more about my career direction and articulate my goals more clearly.”

2019-2020 Mentee

Other UW-Madison Mentoring Resources

While the Mentor Match Program only serves academic staff, several units on campus offer mentoring programs to faculty, staff, and students, including:

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.