Faculty Mentor Program


Faculty mentors are a group of faculty and staff interested in furthering the integration of the student-athlete within the ideals and mission of the Institute. These committed individuals believe that athletics play an integral role in the mission of our university, and that athletic participation is meaningful and valuable, meeting essential needs in the health and development of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Faculty mentors provide an additional resource across all areas of the Institute – faculty, administration, staff, students and coaches – in encouraging and reinforcing the ties between the athletic and academic pursuits of the student-athlete. Faculty mentors are role models who willingly connect to student-athletes to provide support through additional counsel and advice when specific issues arise, particularly in the areas of social issues and academics. Mentors are dedicated to the idea of building a harmonious connection between the academic, athletic and social cultures of our campus.

Faculty Mentors:

  • Are interested in the integration of student-athletes within the mission of the Institute
  • Believe that athletics play an integral role in the mission of the Institute, and that athletic participation is meaningful and valuable
  • Provide another resource for student-athletes as they balance achieving success in academics and athletics
  • Are role models who connect with student-athletes to provide support and engagement both in academics and transition to college life

Suggestions for Faculty Mentor Interactions with Student-Athletes and Coaches:

  • Attend team practice(s)
  • Attend home events or travel to an away event
  • Eat pre-game meal with the team
  • Attend a team meeting to discuss ways to balance participation on an athletic team and achieve academic success
  • Provide student-athletes and coaches a contact for academic questions
  • Attend end of the season banquet/celebration
  • Participate in team's service projects(s)
  • Attend team social events (cook outs, movie night, etc.)

Typical time commitment for the faculty member will vary according to the relationship developed with the team, but will be at least 10 hours per semester. Some faculty members, however, develop deep, lasting, and committed relationships with the teams, and spend even more time with student-athletes and coaches.

If you are interested in becoming a faculty mentor, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Lauren Haynie (haynie@mit.edu) – Special Assistant to the Athletic Director/Department Head
Henry (Hank) Smith (hismith@mit.edu) – Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Nathan Varady (nvarady@mit.edu) – Student-Athlete Advisory Committee