How to Become a Mentor

Stanislaus State faculty members wishing to participate in the Faculty Mentor Program can call the FMP office at (209) 667-3034, e-mail FMP Director Jason Pourtaverdi at, or drop by the FMP office located in Student Services Building 145.

Faculty Mentor Application

"A mentor is a person who acts as a sponsor, advocate, guide-or who teaches, advises, trusts, critiques, another to express, pursue and finalize his/her goals." Van Zant 1980

Currently, we have many Mentors from every discipline around campus. FMP's mentors are specifically trained to meet the needs of Stanislaus State students. Mentors are committed to working with students and enhancing their opportunities for success. The Faculty represents a wide range of academic disciplines. Currently, we have 42 active faculty mentors from 26 departments.

The faculty participate in ongoing training for new faculty, mentor recruits and established faculty mentors. Training includes the review and history of the program, team building, cultural awareness, understanding diversity, and interpersonal strategies for improved communication. Stanislaus State faculty mentors agree the "experiential" workshops are successful, helpful, and that the opportunities for discussion allow them to get to know each other better. In addition to the personal meeting times arranged between mentors and their student protégés, all mentors and protégés can meet at a monthly interaction that is arranged and provided by the program.

  • Inspires you in bad times
  • Develops the self-confidence needed for growth
  • Shares your values and ideas
  • Guides you with mutual trust and understanding
  • Helps you design clear and realistic goals
  • Shares your dreams and enlarges your vision
  • Encourages responsible behavior
  • Believes in you
  • Motivates, encourages, and advises you to succeed
  • Helps you expand your horizons
  • Assists you during a crisis or a turning point
  • Boosts your self-esteem
  • Broadens your contacts on campus and in the community
  • Supports your career and educational goals

Mentor-Protégé relationships can develop into friendships that last a lifetime.

FMP Active Mentor List, 2019-2020

Mentor Department Office Email Ext.
Alexandra Hiropolous Criminal Justice B126B 6722
Ana Ljubinkovic Sociology  
Ashley Black History B118L 3238
Brent Powell Kinesiology FX132 3348
Christy Gonzales Liberal Studies B107D 3034
Clarissa Lonn Nichols Student Affairs, VP MSR360H 3750
Ester McKoon Sociology B158 6513
Jason Pourtaverdi Criminal Justice B118K 3409
Jenni Whitmer Sociology B211A 3708
Jessica De Silva Mathematics S115 3540
José Díaz-Garayúa Geography B216 3479
Karen Zandarski English DBH229 3284
Kelly Cotter Psychology B240J 3865
Renato Alvim Modern Languages S103B 6704
Ryan Logan Anthropology B215B  
Sandra Garcia Sandborn Modern Languages S240 3501
Sebastian Sclofsky Criminal Justice B118K  
Victor Luevano Psychology and Child Development B237 3096
Yili Lian Accounting and Finance STK A1019A  

Updated: February 26, 2024