Faculty and Staff Mentoring Programs

The application window for the 2018-19 cohort has closed. Faculty and Staff Proteges will be notified the week of October 1.  

Mentor and protege discuss successes and challenges

As part of our commitment to leadership development for both academic and administrative personnel, Fresno State offers two mentor programs - one for faculty and one for staff. The offices of Faculty Affairs and Organizational Excellence collaborate with Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno from the Mentoring Center to coordinate these programs.   

Both programs are designed to provide mentoring, coaching, encouragement, leadership and professional career development for Fresno State aspiring leaders.

The faculty mentor program pairs seasoned campus academic leaders with faculty. The faculty program is open to faculty at any level from any school or college at Fresno State who are interested in serving in a leadership role on campus or in the community. The faculty program runs concurrently with mentor programs that exist in many of our schools and colleges. This will be the second cohort of the faculty mentor program. 

The staff mentor program pairs campus administrators with staff from across the university. This is the fifth year of the staff mentor program and will build upon successes and learnings from previous cohorts. 

2018-19 Year at a Glance 




Application process

September 4

September 21

October 1

Invitation for applications

Application deadline

Faculty/Staff Cohort announced

Introductions & Pairings

October 8,  8–9 am

October 12, 8:30-9:30 am

FACULTY Mentor/Protégé  Kick-Off and Orientation  

STAFF Mentor/Protégé Kickoff and Orientation

Introductions, goals and program overview
Mentor Matchmaking 

By COB October 16

Gather Feedback from Mentors/Protégé on top choices for pairings 

Week of October 15

Mentor & Protégé Pairings announced; 
Protégés contact Mentors 


October 22, 8-9:30

Mentor and Protégé Breakfast and training (all participants)

Week of October 22

Mentors and Protégés begin monthly meetings on their own

December 5,
8 – 9:30

Mentor Program Breakfast (all participants )

February 12,
8 – 9:30

Mentor Breakfast (all participants)

April 4, 8 – 9:30

Mentor Breakfast (all participants) 

May 9, 8 – 9:30

Final celebration/debrief

Check out this brief video to learn more about the program. 

2018-19 Mentors: Coming Soon

We will post the list of the 2018-19  faculty and staff mentors as soon as it is finalized

Below is a list of past mentors. We are so grateful to each for sharing their time and talent to support this program. 

2017-18 Staff Mentors 
Erin Boele, Director, University Courtyard; Interim Title IX Coordinator
Leticia Cano, Executive Director Advancement Services 
Devon Fullner, Interim Director Facilities Operations
Marcy Gatzman, Manager of Police Support Operations, Public Safety
Mike Garvey, Director Classroom Technologies, Operations and Networks
David Huerta, Chief of Police 
Nicole Lane, Director HR, Auxiliary Services
Malisa Lee, Associate Vice President Enrollment Services
Orlando Leon, CIO
Mitzi Lowe, Interim Associate Vice President Academic Advising 
Ken Magdaleno, Chair Educational Leadership; Direcotr Doctoral Progam in Educational Leadership 
Janell Morillo, Assistant Vice President Student Health Center
Stephen Robertello, Deputy Director Athletics
Diana Ralls, Chief of Staff 
Kathleen Scott, Director Organizational Excellence
Colin Stewart, Associate Dean for Student Involvement 
Debbie Young, Director, Career Development Center 
Lynnette Zelezny, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs 


2017-18 Faculty Mentors 
Honora Chapman, Assocate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Saul Jimenez-Sandoval, Dean College of Arts and Humanities 
Bernadette Muscat, Associate Dean College of Social Sciences
Jim Marshall, Dean, Research and Graduate Studies 
Dennis Nef, Vice Provost 
Ram Nunna, Dean, Lyles College of Engineering 
Kathie Reid-Bevington, Associate Dean, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology 
Sandra Witte, Dean Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology 
Lynnette Zelezny, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs 

For more information please contact 278-5330.