Prince Sultan University PSU
Policy Management System
Faculty Mentoring Policy

Policy Code: TL0012
Policy Name: Faculty Mentoring Policy
Handler: Academic Deans & Chairs
Date Created: 15 August 2020
Date of Current Review: 15 August 2020
Approved by: University Council
Date of Approval:


The mentoring programs at PSU will support the University to accomplish its objectives for faculty members with high-quality teaching standards, variety, broad excellence, and a respectful and positive work environment in which all members of the university can succeed. In PSU, we mainly support the Guidance Model (appropriate for new faculty members) and the Companions Model (appropriate for existing faculty members) for faculty members.


The purpose of mentoring is to guide and help the new faculty members of different colleges, departments, and programs to understand the structure, resources, and culture at PSU. Chairpersons from each department have the primary responsibility for mentoring their respective faculty members, especially for their annual performance evaluations. However, each department assigns a senior faculty member for new faculty members to act as a mentor in reference to learning about PSU’s educational culture within their respective departments.


This policy applies to all faculty members at PSU.


Mentorship: Mentoring may be defined as the method of guiding, teaching, directing, and serving as a particular model for another person. It includes the process by which a senior person guides the development of another person who may be new to the field or workplace.


  1. Each college is required to design and implement a faculty mentoring program
  2. Mentoring can be performed at two levels: College level and Department level
  3. The college-level mentoring component addresses general information about the university, college, service units, processes, and all non-academic affairs.
  4. Department level mentoring addresses all academic matters, including teaching, research, career advice, support for new faculty to settle down and prepare well for their courses, academic and teaching policies, how to apply for a research grant, requirements for promotion. Integration and collaboration with existing faculty members.
  5. The mentor programs should be designed by a team of mentors supervised by chairpersons.
  6. Each mentoring program should include mission, goals and objectives, general information, activities and events, a calendar for meetings, workshop supplies, …etc.
  7. Booklets, pamphlets, and websites should support mentoring programs.
  8. Deans and Chairpersons are responsible for approving the mentoring programs, preparing the mentors, and overseeing the implementations of the programs
  9. Some sort of assessment may be appropriate at the end of the academic year
  10. Feedback from mentees and mentors is, in this respect

Academic Level Mentoring Activities may include, but not restricted to:

  1. Assisting mentees in developing short-term and long-term career goals and professional interests and helping them to plan for achieving these goals.
  2. Attend the programs and workshops offered by the Teaching and Learning, Research Center, ITC, and other campus units.
  3. Perform peer teaching observations of the mentee.
  4. Provide information on academic and student support services on campus.
  5. Provide guidance regarding teaching strategies and philosophies, course design, and curriculum development.
  6. Discuss research funding and professional development opportunities. Getting to know PSU: provide information regarding academic policies and guidelines and the university governance structure. Provide information and guidance regarding student advising, motivating, and academic integrity, plus all matters related to students.