One of Wheaton’s unique offerings to students is the opportunity to learn from professors who are as concerned with their development into whole and effective Christians as with their intellectual growth. Many students throughout the years have benefited from close mentoring relationships with faculty members—relationships that have challenged them spiritually and intellectually.
Now, Wheaton wants every student and professor to experience the benefits of this type of relationship. The Faculty Student Mentoring Initiative is an attempt to encourage what often in the past has occurred serendipitously to become a regular and accessible part of each student's educational experience and each faculty member’s life as a teacher.
Already, a few academic departments have developed robust mentoring programs for their majors, and the Biology department hopes to join them. The department is currently raising funds for some additional faculty positions that would give students the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with faculty members throughout their time at Wheaton. Not only will this provide excellent experience for the students and much-needed research help for the professors, but it will also foster opportunities for students to develop personal relationships with their professors, opening the door to spiritual and personal mentoring opportunities.
The Biology department mentoring program will help both faculty and students work towards their academic goals. Already, students and professors have co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals. But Jenny Busch, Associate Professor of Biology, explains that a key consideration for faculty when developing the program was whether it would enable them to be better role models for their students. That’s what they care about most.
In order to provide current Biology faculty the necessary time to mentor students, $800,000 is needed for adjunct faculty positions. Please consider contributing so that Wheaton can continue to be a place where student growth is not just an academic endeavor, but also a cultivation of each student’s God-given potential.
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