Rutgers Connection Network Mentoring Program

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The Rutgers Connection Network (RCN) Mentoring Program is designed 1) to advance a culture of mentoring at Rutgers and 2) to increase the engagement and scholarly productivity of Rutgers faculty and postdoctoral researchers by providing the infrastructure, training, and facilitation to enable effective and collaborative mentoring partnerships beyond the departmental level.

In academic year (AY) 2015–16, the program was piloted through funding from the New Brunswick Strategic Plan. As a result of positive feedback, the AY 2016–17 program was offered to all faculty universitywide and institutionalized by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.  In AY 2017-18, the program included participation from postdoctoral researchers to support the efforts of Rutgers newly established university-wide Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  Based on the evaluation findings that suggest postdocs benefit from all program goals, we continue to include both faculty and postdocs in the program.

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Mentored individuals are more likely to have higher compensation, greater salary growth, and more promotions than those who are not mentored.

Allen, Eby, Poteet, Lentz & Lima, 2004

Female assistant professors with no mentors had 68% probability of grant funding versus 93% of women with mentors.

National Research Council, 2010