The mentor network at the Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning was established in 1994. It comprises about 150 academic teachers. They are all accredited through a specific training programme in mentored teaching. You will find all three disciplinary domains at Uppsala University in the mentor network.
A teaching mentor is an experienced teacher who will meet a new/less experienced teacher for the purpose of running reflective conversations with the teacher on his/her practical teaching. Read more about the listed mentors in the register of the mentor network.
Every term diverse activities are arranged for the mentors. For more information and registration, see the heading seminars for networks.
If you would like to become a mentor, please contact the Division for Quality Enhancement , Peter Reinholdsson, telephone 018-471 18 22, Peter.Reinholdsson@uu.se, Ulrike Schnaas, telephone 018-471 68 24, Ulrike.Schnaas@uu.se
What are teaching mentors doing?
A teaching mentor advises and reflectively converses with a teacher who is taking the Swedish or English version of the Academic Teacher Training Course. Each course opportunity comprises about 24 participants. The Unit offers this course ca.12 times a study year. The participants are required to select a mentor from the list referred to above. This list is updated every term. It contains mentors who are accredited and willing to mentor teachers taking this course. The participants are encouraged to engage a mentor from another subject than their own, as this is a broad and university-wide teacher´s training course rather than a narrow and subject-specific one. The mentored teaching task is compulsory and must be finished (along with the other course assignments and tasks) before the participant receives a certificate of completion.
The teaching mentor process is as follows:
- pre-mentoring, that is, the new teacher formulates and sends a pre-meeting teaching proposal to the mentor. At the meeting, they address the proposal, reflecting on and discussing the plans made by the teacher (learning goals and other details)
- observation, that is, the teaching and learning activity takes place as scheduled, the mentor is present as silent observer.
- post-mentoring, that is, reflective conversation with the teacher, including constructive peer-to-peer feedback
When done, the teaching mentor will receive payment for two teaching hours.
What do you gain as a teaching mentor?
Getting to draw pedagogical inspiration from running reflective conversations with new/less experienced teachers.
Getting to develop as a professional academic teacher through exchanging `know-how` practices with other experienced and committed teachers within a network (such as the mentor network). Every term, the Unit tries to provide a number of opportunities for the mentors to get together to share ideas of teaching and learning, and thus to inspire each other.
Getting to play a key role at the departmental and the university-wide level
As a mentor, you can provide support for new teachers who want to try out new ideas at the departmental and the university-wide level. Of course, the discussions arising in the mentor network can stimulate you to refresh your own teaching, as well. In accordance with the Programme “Teaching and learning at Uppsala University”, you can also serve as a mentor for the purpose of introducing new teachers, including doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, to teaching duties based on an individual plan.
For more information, please contact the coordinator at the Division for Quality Enhancement (Academic Teaching and Learning)
Peter Reinholdsson, telephone 018-471 18 22, Peter.Reinholdsson@uu.se
Ulrike Schnaas, telephone 018-471 68 24, Ulrike.Schnaas@uu.se