FDIP Mentors

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Long Beach City College invites you to apply for a mentorship opportunity and be part of our newly updated Faculty Diversity Internship Program as a faculty mentor!

Mentors will have an opportunity to work with individuals who have not worked in the community college system before and impact the lives of these individuals hoping to make this transition and help set them up for success as they embark upon this endeavor. Mentors will be able to serve as inspiring role models to interns while providing classroom and instruction experiences to their mentees. In this role, during the spring semester of 2023, mentors will provide about 6 hours of their expertise a week to mentees, providing guidance and learning opportunities. To further understand the mentor role, mentors will be able to participate in a two-hour orientation to review the responsibilities of this role.

Program Structure

  • Mentors commit to working with interns during the spring semester.
  • Interns commit to a one-year training and internship program.
Attend monthly trainings covering topics about teaching at a community college, equitable teaching practices, lesson planning, assessing student learning, and working with diverse learners.
Continue to attend monthly training and gain hands-on experience in a classroom with a faculty mentor in a one, 16-week course or the equivalent.

Program Goals

The FDIP is uniquely designed to accomplish the following:

  1. Attract and recruit qualified faculty who mirror the diversity of the college’s service area.
  2. Provide mentoring and training opportunities for prospective faculty.
  3. Provide members of marginalized groups with models of their own background with whom they can identify and recognize as examples of occupational achievement.

Application Process

Those interested in the program and would like to complete a mentor application, please fill out the form below or contact Guadalupe Garcia at ggarcia@lbcc.edu.

Complete Application Here



How much time should I expect to commit?

In the fall semester, you will not need to do anything because the interns will be participating in monthly training with the FDIP Coordinator. Interns will start working with you in the spring. During this time, you will spend about 2-3 hours a week interacting, coaching, and mentoring your intern. 

The following are additional events mentors will be asked to participate in during the spring semester of the program:

  • FDIP Mixer Event
  • Two mentor training/meetings
  • FDIP Graduation

What are some of my responsibilities?

  1. Establish a formal mentoring agreement and arrange regular meetings and class schedules.
  2. Review course syllabi and outlines, share texts and related teaching materials, and assist in completing necessary paperwork.
  3. Discuss operational procedures such as absence reporting, working with support personnel, and safety topics and processes.
  4. Introduce your intern to faculty, staff, and students and define his/her role in the class.
  5. Work with your intern in developing course materials and/or program projects including but not limited to examinations, syllabi, assignments, and student record keeping.
  6. Demonstrate effective approaches to engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Discussing strategies to adapt teaching pedagogy to the knowledge of each individual and class.
  7. Share teaching responsibilities by allowing your mentee to assume a more active role in the teaching/learning process by participating in a variety of formal classroom presentations as the semester progresses.
  8. Help your intern to understand faculty responsibilities beyond the classroom by discussing topics such as shared governance and evaluations. Mentors are encouraged to invite interns to college service activities, club, committee, and department meetings.
  9. Assist your intern in identifying and engaging in appropriate professional growth opportunities and goals.
  10. Participate in the evaluation of your intern and the internship program.
  11. Provide instruction to the intern with regard to maintaining and reconciling grades, and documents prepared for students in counseling sessions, etc.
  12. Discuss the student services available on campus.
  13. Demonstrate experience and commitment to integrating new technologies into the learning process, including but not limited to interactive technologies for on-campus and online courses.
  14. Review communication styles and ensure the intern is able to communicate in a positive, professional, and effective manner, orally and in writing. 

Can I recruit my own intern?

Yes, you can recruit your intern as long as the intern meets the minimum requirements.

What are the minimum requirements to be an intern in the program?

  1. Meet CCC minimum qualifications for a subject area discipline taught at LBCC:
    1. For those disciplines in which a master’s degree is required, faculty interns shall be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at an accredited institution of higher education subject to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 94300) of Part 59 of the Education Code, and shall have completed at least one-half of the coursework, or the equivalent, in that graduate program.  

    2. For those disciplines for which a master’s degree is not expected or required, the faculty intern shall possess any license or certificate required to do that work and (1) be within one year of completing the associate degree and have six years industry experience in the discipline, or (2) have completed the associate degree and have completed five years of industry experience in that discipline. 

  2. Have no prior paid higher education teaching experience as the instructor of record. Does not include teaching completed as part of your graduate program.

What are some things my intern will be doing while under my mentorship?

The following are examples of tasks interns can do while under a faculty mentor:

  • Work directly with students one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Correspond and support students.
  • Develop lessons and teach.
  • Assist the mentor as needed.

Whom can I contact if I have more questions about the program?

Verónica Álvarez
Faculty Professional Development Coordinator  

Guadalupe Garcia
Human Resources Analyst