Dr. Karen Prager

Chair of the Faculty Mentoring Committee

Dr. Emily A.Tobey

Vice Provost

Faculty Mentoring

The UT Dallas Faculty Mentoring program is directed by the Committee on Faculty Mentoring of the UT Dallas Academic Senate. From its inception the Faculty Mentoring Program has been guided by Vice Provost, Emily A. Tobey, who is charged with coordinating faculty development programs. The goal is to assist junior faculty in developing their research, teaching and professional skills. Dr. Karen Prager, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Chair of the Committee.

The Mentoring program is charged with two main responsibilities:

  1. to establish and maintain a network of mentors for new faculty; and
  2. to welcome new faculty, provide advice and assistance beyond initial orientation, and provide for settings where they can meet and interact with senior faculty.

While the program continues to evolve with improvements each year, the essential elements as described in the first report of the committee remain unchanged. Fourteen committee members chosen from across all schools oversee the mentoring efforts. The emphasis placed on this committee and the work done by its members demonstrates the University's commitment to making every effort to ensure that all new faculty achieve tenure and promotion. Optimal faculty retention is essential if the University of Texas at Dallas is to achieve its goal of Tier One Status. While all junior faculty can benefit from Mentoring, studies have shown that such programs are especially important for Women faculty and for faculty from underrepresented minority groups. For this reason the Department of Faculty Diversity and the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement are committed to working with and supporting these efforts.

Raul Hinojosa Jr.

Director of the Dept. of Community Engagement

Student Mentoring

The Department of Community Engagement of the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement fosters collaborations that increase student diversity at the University and increase college access. The department is committed to helping underrepresented populations pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at UT Dallas by developing collaborations with community partners, including school districts and community colleges. In the College Mentoring Program, UT Dallas students work 20 hours a week at four sites. They assist high school student mentees with researching colleges, completing admissions applications, planning college visits and applying for financial aid and scholarships. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A high percentage of UT Dallas undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college, and the mentoring program has proven invaluable to both students and their families. The success rates for mentored students gaining college admission has demonstrated the effectiveness of this effort. Additionally, the Department of Community Engagement sponsors Comet College, a college preparatory program serving high school juniors and seniors, the Minority Scholars Symposium, and the Diversity Scholarship Program. In cooperation with the Galerstein Women's Center, the Erik Jonnson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Science and Engineering Education Center, the Dept. of Community Engagement sponsors the Comet Camp for Girls and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Within this context, UT Dallas sponsors the Academic Bridge Program, which seeks to attract, support and retain students who graduate with high class rankings from Dallas-area urban high schools. The program provides a supportive introductory environment for these students at UT Dallas.

Narcely Ruiz
Outreach Coordinator, Galerstein Women's Center


MentorNet is a national E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering, Science, Technology and Math (STEM). Through the efforts of Laruen DeCillis and Narcely Ruiz, UT Dallas is partnering with MentorNet to provide UT Dallas students with online mentors, including doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, graduate students, recent graduates and engineers. The program focuses on matching students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with professionals from all sectors. The professionals serve as mentors for one-on-one, e-mail based mentoring relationships. Through MentorNet, students receive real world information, encouragement, advice and access to professional networks from professionals working in their fields of interest. MentorNet is offered to UT Dallas students at no cost to the student.

Dr. Emily A. Tobey
Associate Vice President-Faculty Diversity