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Mentored individuals are more likely to have higher compensation, greater salary growth, and more promotions than those who are not mentored (Allen, Eby, Poteet, Lentz & Lima, 2004).

Female assistant professors with no mentors had 68% probability of grant funding versus 93% of women with mentors (National Research Council, 2010).

Research-Supported Benefits for Mentors And Mentees:

  • Career advancement, including increased productivity and faster promotion rate
  • Opportunities to develop new networks and collaborations
  • Feelings of personal satisfaction
  • More positive work attitudes, including increased job satisfaction
  • Increased ability to obtain resources
  • Opportunities for visibility and recognition


The STEM-UP PA™ Mentoring Network forms one-to-one pairs by matching junior and senior faculty members according to strengths and needs. The program includes orientation training for mentors and mentees in August, a structured mentor relationship (wherein mentors/mentee pairs identify career goals), and periodic career-focused core workshops, which includes a networking component designed to support the mentoring relationship and foster additional relationships among STEM faculty across central Pennsylvania.

Mentors and mentees are expected to engage in monthly phone or in-person meetings with their mentor or mentee, complete program evaluation and goal updates, participate in the Mentoring Network orientation, and attend at least one core workshop offered during the Academic Year.

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In our third year 2015-2016, we have 51 female STEM faculty engaged in mentoring partnerships. All participants are at teaching-focused institutions and have been paired based on application materials, in an attempt to maximize program benefits for mentors and mentees.


“My mentee’s enthusiasm is contagious! Through conversations with her I have realized that it is time I re-worked some of my classroom approaches-things I have been thinking about, but keep putting on the back burner.”

 “It is very beneficial to have an experienced sounding board in a similar program, but outside of my own department.”

 “I enjoyed getting off of my own campus and traveling to a restaurant near my mentee’s campus. It was great to have a relaxing lunch with another young faculty member.”

 “I feel good knowing someone is ‘out there’ with my interests in mind.”


This year’s cohort is made up of mathematicians, computer scientists, biologists, chemists, psychologists, physicists, and engineers from the following schools. Add your institution by becoming involved!

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Our Mentoring Network Orientation is an essential part of this program. At this orientation, peers learn the best practices in working in mentoring relationships, define career goals and meeting expectations.  This program has been adapted from the successful MIZZOUADVANCE: University of Missouri-Columbia mentoring program.


2016 Orientation Slides

Documents from the Orientation Folders

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Our periodic career-focused Core Workshops include a networking component designed to support the mentoring relationship and foster additional relationships among STEM faculty across central Pennsylvania. These workshops are open to interested STEM faculty in the region.


2016 – 2017 CORE WORKSHOPS

  • October 29, 2016 (tentative)

                   “Distilling Your Message” presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

  • November 11, 2016

                    Innovative Teaching and Improving Teaching Evaluations Symposium
presentation materials are available here: 2016 Symposium Presentations

  • April 1, 2017

                 Tenure & Promotion Packet Workshop

  • April 29, 2017

                  Collaborative Research Symposium

2015 – 2016 CORE WORKSHOPS

  • October 24, 2015 (tentative)

“Writing Procrastination, and Resistance, How to Identify your Writing Blocks and Move Through Them” workshop lead by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity- BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

  • December 5, 2015

Innovative Teaching and Improving Teaching Evaluations Symposium

  • April 9, 2016

Self Advocacy Workshop

Negotiation in Academia [slides]

Self Efficacy, Self Advocacy, and Negotiation [slides]


  • October 10, 2014

“Career Advancement to Tenure & Beyond: Strategies for Overcoming Challenges Faced by Women in STEM and Do Babies Matter?” led by Prof. Jodi Yorty of Elizabethtown College and Prof. Robin McCann of Shippensburg University

Core Workshop Oct 2014 Flyer

Core Workshop Oct 2014 Do babies matter part 1

Core Workshop Oct 2014 Do babies matter part 2

  • December 6, 2014

Innovations in Teaching Symposium

Core Workshop Dec 2014 Flyer

Core Workshop Dec 2014 Symposium Speakers and Abstracts

  • March 21, 2015“Writing, Procrastination, and Resistance: How to Identify Your Writing Blocks and Move Through Them” workshop led by Kerry Ann Rockquemore of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    This workshop will be from 8:30am-2:00pm and will include a lunch.Registration information will be distributed by email after Feb. 20th.


  • October 18, 2013

What Does it Mean to Teach Science?” led by Prof. Joe Shane of Shippensburg University’s Department of Chemistry

Core Workshop Oct 2013 Flyer

Core Workshop Oct 2013 Slides

  • February 8, 2014

“Successful Strategies in Writing and Publishing” led by Prof. Claire Jantz of Shippensburg University and Prof. Marian Walters of Penn State Harrisburg. Moderated by Dr. Laura Dimino of Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Core Workshop Feb 2014 Flyer

Core Workshop Feb 2014 Slides.

  • April 26, 2014

“Promotion and Tenure – Being Your Own Best Advocate by Building and Influencing Relationships”discussion led by Dr. Nazli Hardy and Dr. Diane Zimmerman Umble of Millersville University and Dr. Bili Mattes of Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Offered as part of the Academic Women in STEM Summit Event Flyer for mailboxes

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For more information about the STEM-UP PA™ Mentoring Network, contact Dr. Robin McCann at [email protected].


  • Chair—Dr. Robin McCann, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Shippensburg University
  • Dr. Christina Dryden, Associate Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Bili Mattes, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Jodi Yorty, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Elizabethtown College
  • Dr. Debra Wohl, Associate Professor of Biology, Elizabethtown College
  • Dr. Frances Weaver, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, Chair of Department of Biochemistry, Widener University
  • Dr. Kate McGivney, Professor of Mathematics, Shippensburg University, STEM-UP PA™ Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Alice Armstrong, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Shippensburg University


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Program information

Who: Any female STEM faculty interested in professional development. No mentoring experience required!

What: Serve as a Mentor (recommended for Associate or Full Professors) OR as a Mentee (recommended for Assistant, Associate, Adjunct Professor, or instructor looking for tenure track position)

Apply Now! We are excepting application through May 20, 2017. Click here to fill out the short application.

Why: Benefits for Mentors: increased perceptions of career success, increased salary and promotion rates, feelings of personal satisfaction, and more positive work attitudes

Benefits for Mentees: faster promotion rates, higher salaries, more positive attitude towards work and career, fewer reports of stress, and increased job performance.

When: August 2017-June2018

How much time: Approx. 1-2 hours per month, which includes: meeting once per month with mentoring partner (this may be face-to-face, phone, or virtual); attending orientation on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9 AM-3 PM (orientation participation is mandatory); attending at least one 1 core workshop that occur throughout the year on Saturdays; completing program evaluation materials. There is, generally, no cost for participation.

For those returning to the program, in the survey you will be prompted to indicate if you would like to remain in your current mentoring pair or if you would prefer to work with someone new.   A change to this year’s program is mandatory orientation where we will provide some different programming for returning mentors and mentees.

Apply Now! We are excepting application through May 20, 2017. Click here to fill out the short application.