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What is the reason for Title Promotion Mentors?

Compiling a title promotion package takes time, focus, and the ability to tell the story of how you identified and addressed an issue and the impact that resulted.

When you talk to an Extension professional, they can tell you about what they do, their clients, and their programs but… documenting this story is a struggle for many people. On a small scale we can struggle to write success stories and then it gets compounded when we try to compile multiple years of programmatic efforts into a title promotion package. This can lead to frustration, not attempting title promotion, or submission of packages that could be a bit more polished that have a story that’s muddled. This is where the benefit of having a Title Promotion Mentor comes in.

What does a mentor do?

Your mentor can fill many different roles as you complete your title promotion package. Your mentor may be your advisor providing you with tips and suggestions on what to include and what not to include, they might be your editor helping you prepare a document that is clear and well written, they might be your cheerleader encouraging you to keep going, they might be your IT support helping you to format a table or pull data from ERS.

What they are is a peer who has been there, done that, and not only survived but thrived and they will help you do the same.

Each title promotion mentor relationship will be different, but it is expected that there will be informal communications and the title promotion mentors will share their experience and answer questions based on the experience they had going through the process. It is also expected that the mentor will review your title promotion package prior to submission and provide feedback.

How do I get a mentor?

You ask someone to be your mentor and they agree (or not). Assignment of mentors is an informal process. A mentor must be selected and agree to serve in the role before you can submit the Intent to Apply for Title Promotion. The name of the mentor is listed on the Title Promotion Intent to Apply. If you have difficulty finding a mentor, ask your CED for assistance. A list of potential mentors will be compiled. Make sure you discuss with your mentor your expectations and what you would like them to do.

What are the requirements for selecting a Title Promotion Mentor?

  • A Title Promotion Mentor is someone who has successfully achieved the rank you are seeking (Area Specialized Agents may also select faculty at the rank of Associate or Full Professor).
  • They may be located in your district, but they don’t have to be, it may be helpful for them to have some knowledge of your community but it’s not required.
  • They may work in your program area, but they don’t have to, again it might be helpful that the person understands your job but it’s not required.

Why should someone be a mentor?

Think back to when you were seeking title promotion… wouldn’t it have been nice to have a dedicated person you could have turned to if you had a question? Or someone you knew would read through your package before you submitted it?

Being a title promotion mentor is also a great opportunity for you to build upon your leadership experience. This shows your willingness to provide service to Extension and your ability to be a leader among your peers. Don’t forget to list serving as a title promotion mentor under the leadership and service section of your XPD record.

As a mentor what is required of me?

Be supportive, share your experience, and provide honest feedback. Block off enough time in your schedule so you can review the title promotion package and give quality feedback. Beyond this, it’s up to what you and the individual applying for title promotion agree to. Make sure you understand their expectations prior to agreeing to serve as a mentor and that you have the time to commit during the timeframe when the title promotion package is being prepared.