Cheryl Frech (University of Central Oklahoma, USA)
Each faculty member’s journey is unique but not solitary. As we transition from new faculty member to seasoned faculty member to senior faculty member, our careers are transformed by the mentoring experiences we encounter. In a typical chemistry department, the department chair is obligated to facilitate mentoring experiences for a wide variety of individuals and groups: students, student leaders, new full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and staff. A discussion of formal and informal mentoring programs is presented from the department chair perspective, with a nod to the periodic table.