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Welcome to our Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program Page

We are looking for professionals and graduates with diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning about the road to becoming faculty.

About the Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program

The Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program (FDMP) is a year-long, paid by stipend, mentorship with currently employed Mendocino College faculty. 

The program mission is to meet the needs of our diverse students by attracting, inspiring, and preparing individuals who share the college’s commitment to inclusive, equitable learning as they prepare themselves for a career in community college teaching. 

The Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program (FDMP) brings faculty mentees from diverse backgrounds into the Mendocino community for training and hands-on experiences in our classes and programs. Mendocino College faculty mentees gain valuable professional development and career exploration opportunities while the students and institution benefit from increased diversity, expanded faculty hiring pools, and new perspectives.

Apply for the Faculty Diversity Mentorship Program

We look forward to seeing your application!

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Program Details

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master's or PhD in any discipline 
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of two years of fulltime occupational experience in a vocational/technical area 
  • Associate's degree with a minimum of six years of fulltime occupational experience in a vocational/technical area 
  • Or completion of any of the above stated degrees/experience within the 2025-2026 academic year 

Benefits of the Program

Complete professional development targeted for in-person instruction or student support. Gain better understanding of Mendocino College and the California Community College system. Experience with college-level instruction or related services. Advice and support from a community college faculty member. Clarify career goals and a path to their attainment.


Faculty Mentees will be paid $1000 stipend at the end of the fall semester for completing their summer training and six fall workshops. They will be paid a $1,500 stipend at the end of the spring semester for competing their paired teaching experience and presenting their capstone project at the FDMP symposium.


What to expect from the application process and mentor experience

  • April 1  

    Applications due through the online application process


  • Late Spring 

    Interviews and mentee selection.


  • Summer  

    Human Resources onboarding and compliance training.


  • Fall Semester 

    Six in-person workshops held on Saturdays (specific dates to be determined). These workshops will cover the basic information of Community College instruction, administration, culture, and pedagogy. 


  • Spring Semester 

    Mentees and Mentors will be collaborating on various projects including the submission of a capstone project at the conclusion of the semester. Classroom observations and Mentorship will be scheduled throughout the semester.