Early in the academic career, it is important for junior faculty to identify, understand, and learn to meet the expectations of their profession if they are to achieve success.  To help facilitate the LEADER Consortium has assisted in the gathering resources that is designed to meet the varied needs of junior faculty as they establish their careers and seek promotion tenure success.

Mentoring relationship are typically thought to be as long-term and deeply involving, however short-term mentoring can be more focused and equally effective toward meeting professional development needs.  Even more important is that individuals who seek mentoring vary in relation to their need and goals.

Some seek out mentors for general support in relation to successfully navigating the norms, the expectations of their academic program, or how to achieve a balance between work and life.  Others seek advice for specific professional goals such as identifying and applying for funding or successfully publishing in a particular venue.

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Professional Organizations and Societies

National Organizations for and of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Organizations with Special Focus on Equity in STEM

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs, Washington, DC 20005
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Albuquerque, NM 87119
  • Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, Washington, D.C. 20005
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, White Plains, NY 10601
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Washington, D.C. 20006
  • National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Arlington, VA 22230
  • Quality Education for Minorities Network, Washington, DC 20036
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
  • Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, Houston, Texas 77092

Organizations with Focus on Equity for Women

Mentoring Tools and Resources...

For Department Chairs & Unit Leaders


Gender equity guidelines for department chairs. American Association of University Professors. Retrieved from

Luz, C. (2011). Faculty Mentoring Toolkit: A Resource for Faculty and Administrators at Michigan State University (NSF ADVANCEM Grant N#0811205). East Lansing Michigan.

Olmstead, M. (1993). Mentoring new faculty: Advice to department chairs. Committee on the Status of Women in Physics Gazette, 13 (1), August. College Park, MD: The American Physical Society.

Sorcinelli, M. D. (2000). Principles of good practice: Supporting early-career faculty. Guidance for deans and other academic leaders. American Association for Higher Education: Washington, DC.

For Mentors & Protégés

Internet Resources

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development
Website: This website includes additional resources, including examples of faculty-driven mentoring plans based on their program’s mutual mentoring model, a basis for the CoSM faculty mentoring policy.

Michigan State University, Faculty & Organizational Development, Office of the Provost
Website: This website includes general resources for faculty mentoring as well as STEM discipline resources.

Harvard University, Office of Faculty Development & Diversity.
Website: This website includes links to resources for mentors and protégés.

Best and Worst Practices in Mentoring “Minority” Faculty
This downloadable presentation addresses challenges faced by under-represented faculty and best practices for addressing these challenges.


Dean, D. J. (2009). Getting the most out of your mentoring relationships: A handbook for women in STEM. Springer: New York.

Luz, C. (2011). Faculty Mentoring Toolkit: A Resource for Faculty and Administrators at Michigan State University (NSF ADVANCEM Grant N#0811205). East Lansing Michigan.

Toth, E. (2008). Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia. University of Pennsylvania Press.

On-Line Mentoring Networks

Professional Organizations for STEM Disciplines



  • American Society of Agronomy, Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee, Madison, WI 53711


  • American Anthropological Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology Arlington, VA 22201


  • American Astronomical Society, Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, Washington, DC 20009


  • American Institute of Biological Sciences, Diversity Affairs Committee, Washington, DC 20005
  • American Society for Cell Biology, Women in Cell Biology Committee, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • American Society for Plant Biologists, Women in Plant Biology Committee, Rockville, MD 20855
  • Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC 20006
  • National Association of Biology Teachers, Reston, VA 20191
  • American Phytopathological Society, Joint Committee of Women in Plant Pathology and Cultural Diversity, St. Paul, MN 55121

Biomedical Sciences

  • American Association of Immunologists, Committee on the Status of Women, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Women in Medical and Biological Engineering Committee, Washington, D.C. 20006
  • American Physiological Society, Committee on Women in Physiology, Bethesda, MD 22201
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Education and Professional Development Committee, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee, Washington, D.C. 20036
  • American Society for Microbiology, Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology Washington, DC 20036
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Committee on Women in Pharmacology, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Biophysical Society, Committee on Professional Opportunities for Women, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Bethesda, MD 20892
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, Careers in Science, Women in Research Poster Series
  • Society for Neuroscience, Committee on Women in Neuroscience, Washington, DC 20036
  • Women in Biomedical Careers


Computer Sciences and Information Technology

  • Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Association for Women in Computing, San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Computing Research Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Women in Technology International, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


  • Aspira Association, Inc., Washington, DC 20005
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, Program on the Status and Education of Women, Washington, DC 20009
  • National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA 22201
  • Women’s Research and Education Institute, Washington, DC 20006


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Women’s Initiatives Committee, New York, NY 10016
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC 20036
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee, Washington, DC 20036
  • National Society of Black Engineers, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Los Angeles, CA 90022
  • Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, Fergus Falls, MN 56538


  • Association of American Geographers, Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Washington, DC 20009
  • Society of Women Geographers, Washington, DC 20003


Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics

Medicine and Health


  • American Meteorological Society, Board on Women and Minorities, Boston, MA 02108


  • American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD 20740
  • American Physical Society, Committee on Status of Women in Physics, College Park, MD 20740
  • American Nuclear Society, Professional Women in the American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL 60526
  • SPIE, Women in Optics, Bellingham, WA 98227



  • American Sociological Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology, Washington, D.C. 20005


  • Society for Toxicology, Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group, Reston, VA 20910

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