Mentor Role in the Application Process

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a PALM Fellow. Because the PALM program is for instructors teaching U.S. undergraduate lecture courses, and because each PALM Fellow is required to visit their mentor, we can only accept mentors from the U.S.

  • Mentors must belong to either a disciplinary-based professional society, a professional society that promotes the advancement of a group underrepresented in STEM (such as SACNAS) or an education-focused professional society like SABER or NABT.
  • The mentor works with the applicant to plan the project and its implementation, either in the Fellow’s classroom, or in the case of a Fellow who is not currently teaching, in the mentor’s classroom.
  • The mentor works with the applicant to devise a timeline and format of their mentoring interactions, including the Fellow’s visit(s) to the mentor’s institution.
  • The mentor supplies a letter of support that promises to mentor the Fellow throughout the duration of the proposed activities, and that addresses the mentor’s experience in using the active learning approaches the Fellow has proposed to learn.
  • The mentor supplies a two-page teaching-focused CV that includes
    • A few paragraphs on teaching philosophy
    • Courses taught
    • Experience with evidence-based teaching
    • Educational innovations employed
    • Topic of any discipline-based education research
    • Previous experience in mentoring others in teaching