We are currently planning two different mentoring groups for 2017-2018. One will be for assistant professors and the other for associate professors. In addition, a group will be created for new professors that have arrived between January 2017 and September 2017. If you are interested in any of these groups, please write to us.

Many studies* show that university academics who have a mentor benefit from a higher level of satisfaction, better work conditions, faster promotions, better work-life balance, and stay with the same institution for longer.

Moreover, data collected by the CAL from participants of the mentoring program from 2008 to 2014 demonstrates that:

  • 96,7% believed that their mentor was competent
  • 93,4% thought their mentor was giving them constructive retroaction
  • 86% viewed their mentor has a resourceful person
  • More than 62% agreed that the mentoring relationship made them aware of the resources available to them
  • More than 62% found the experience made them feel more a part of the University

Whether you are a newly appointed tenure-track faculty member, associate or full professor, department chair or vice-dean, the Centre for Academic Leadership coordinates a Mentoring program which creates a link between tenure-track or tenured University of Ottawa faculty members (the mentees) and more experienced colleagues (the mentors). Mentors provide support, information and advice, and also share experiences that can help faculty better negotiate the demands of a complex and constantly changing academic world.

The Centre for Academic Leadership offers two types of programmes, individual mentoring and group mentoring.


After an initial meeting of 45-60 minutes to explain the programme and discuss needs, we offer the mentee a list of possible mentors. Once a mentor is chosen, the mentee and mentor will be matched (by email) and the mentee will contact the mentor to set a first meeting. We recommend that the program lasts a 12 months with monthly 90-minutes meetings. The coordinator will follow-up with both mentoring parties twice during the year (at week 10 and after 6 months), and there will be an evaluation at the end of the mentoring relationship. Individual mentoring can be organized at any time of the year.

To get a copy of the mentoring guide, please contact the Centre.

If you would like to be a mentee, or become a mentor, please contact us.


Group mentoring meetings follow the academic calendar (from September to April). Groups are normally composed of 6 to 8 mentees from various faculties and two mentors at the next rank (i.e. two associate professors will act as mentors for a group of assistant professors).

During a brainstorm session at the first meeting, the group will agree on a list of topics for discussion over 5 or 6 monthly meetings through the year.

If you would like to be a part of a mentoring group, please contact us.


  • "As a new prof, it's not easy to figure out what academic service options to volunteer for (given options). Thanks to my mentor I felt like I had a much better sense of what and how much service to seek out."


  • "Recently, it was my pleasure to write a warm thank-you note to my mentor for her help in writing my successful SSHRC proposal. I am sure that her guidance was critical to the success of my proposal. One of my tips for others going through this, especially for the first time, is to sign up for the mentorship program!"


*de Janasz, S.C., & Sullivan, S.E. (2004). Multiple mentoring in academic: Developing the professorial network. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64, 263-283.

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