The Plymouth State University Student-Athlete Faculty Mentor Program was established to strengthen the relationship and enhance communication between faculty, coaches and student-athletes as a means of ensuring academic success. We appreciate the uniqueness of the student-athlete experience and the challenges associated with balancing academic and athletic obligations. Accordingly, the mentors provide student-athletes with support and guidance to become value-added members of the broader Plymouth community.
Benefits for the Student-Athlete:
- Engage with faculty outside the traditional classroom.
- Acquire strategies to succeed in the classroom and the greater Plymouth community.
- Have a faculty advocate who supports the student-athletes’ personal growth and success.
Benefits for the Faculty Mentor:
- Build strong connections with student-athletes and coaches.
- Inclusion in team functions (practices, games, celebrations, etc.).
- Share in the team’s growth and development.
- Receive team apparel.
- Provide a service to the Athletic Department.
- Be a big fan!
Potential Roles of the Faculty Mentor:
- To promote understanding and communication between faculty and student-athlete.
- To provide student-athletes with an additional resource to navigate academia.
- To electively participate and attend team functions (practices, games, etc.).
- To support the student-athlete’s academic and professional development.
- To meet with prospective student-athletes during campus visits, if available.
- To support the student-athlete recruitment and retention efforts.
Benefits for the Coach:
- Build a professional relationship with a faculty member.
- Have a member of the faculty who can answer academic related questions.
- Have a faculty advocate.
- Have an additional campus member who can assist with official campus visits to help with recruitment/retention efforts.
- Allow faculty to experience team culture.
- Support the cluster model.
How do I become a Faculty Mentor volunteer?
- Contact the Chair of the Athletic Council to indicate your preference for no more than three athletic teams that you would like to mentor.
What exactly would a Faculty Mentor have to do?
- Be a fan
- See Potential Roles of the Faculty Mentor
How long would I be a Faculty Mentor?
- Faculty would serve for a minimum of one year and the role is renewable upon request.
What would the Faculty Mentor not be responsible for doing?
- The faculty is not expected to be part of the coaching staff
- The faculty is not expected to deal with parental concerns
Can this service be part of the Faculty’s Workplan?
- Yes, work with your department P&T committee and/or Chair
Is there anything else I need to know?
- Remember this is a professional relationship with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.
- You will be given the opportunity to read and understand the Athletic Department Policies and Procedures Manual.