JUMP Frequently Asked Questions
What is JUMP?
The WFSM Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) is a program designed to support our junior faculty in their pursuit of a fulfilling and successful career by providing mentoring for professional and personal growth in teaching, research, patient care and leadership.
Who is eligible to be a mentee?
All faculty at the Instructor and Assistant Professor rank. Clinical Affiliate faculty are currently not eligible for this program at this time.
How do I Join JUMP?
Everyone wishing to join JUMP as either a mentor or a mentee should visit the "How to Join" webpage (www.wakehealth.edu/JUMP/How-to-Join.htm). There are separate applications to join as a mentee or mentor.
Who is eligible to be a mentor?
All faculty at the Associate and Full Professor rank.
Are senior faculty picked to be mentors in the program?
No, anyone wishing to be a mentor must apply to be in the program.
As a mentor, I already have a number of informal mentoring relationships with junior faculty. Can I formalize the mentoring relationships that I currently have in place?
Yes. Please contact Diana Cornelison, JUMP Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will guide you through the process.
If I join JUMP as a mentor, will I have to take on more than one mentee?
No. You will have an opportunity to specify the number and type of mentoring (Content, Career, Scholarly) you wish to perform on the Mentor Application. For information about the different mentoring categories, visit www.wakehealth.edu/JUMP/Mentoring-Categories.htm.
Some of the information that is requested on the applications could be considered as sensitive information. Why do you need this information?
Often, especially when pairing for career mentors, mentees request a mentor who has a similar life situation. The hope is that the mentor will have a better understanding of the personal challenges faced by the mentee.
What is a Departmental Mentoring Facilitator (DMF)?
The Departmental Mentoring Facilitator (DMF) serves a critical role in the departmental component of JUMP and works closely with the Office of Faculty Development. Their primary roles are to identify and encourage departmental senior faculty with appropriate skills & expertise to be a Content-Specific Mentor and to encourage departmental junior faculty to join the program and to match them with departmental Content Mentors.
Why is the JUMP Program so structured and formal?
The JUMP Program was built on the best practices of current institutional, as well as external, mentoring programs. The structure ensures a consistency of quality and necessary oversight while the mentoring relationships are being facilitated. It also gives the Office of Faculty Development access to data vital to assess the success of the program and the health of the mentoring relationships.
Does the formality inhibit the growth of the mentoring relationships in any way?
While the structure of the program is formal, each mentoring relationship is designed to fit the goals and unique work/life challenges of the mentee. As with all relationships, the mentoring relationship is fluid, adapting to the myriad changes that will occur between the mentee and mentor during the life of the relationship.
Will training, career development and social opportunities be available through JUMP at some point?
Yes. As with the other mentoring programs, there is a plan to offer various types of workshops, trainings, journal clubs and events for JUMP program participants.
Are there mentoring programs that address the needs of other groups?
The institution has 3 other formal mentoring programs. The Maya Angelou Center's LAUNCH program is for underrepresented minority faculty, the Office of Women in Medicine & Science program is for women junior faculty, and the Pepper Center program is for faculty conducting aging research. The program descriptions and contact information can be found on the Office of Faculty Development Mentoring webpage (www.wakehealth.edu/School/Academic-Affairs/Faculty-Development/Mentoring.htm)
Can I join more than one mentoring program?
You may join as many programs as you wish. Just keep in mind that each mentoring relationship is a commitment in both time and effort.