A Helping Hand for Young Faculty Members

Mentor programs in which experienced professors advise junior colleagues are on the rise

When Cheryl Moore-Thomas arrived at Loyola College in Maryland in 2001, she knew that her nontraditional path to the professoriate made her an outsider of sorts. The longtime school counselor had worked in a public-school system for 15 years before entering the world of academe.

But early in her first year at the 6,000-student Roman Catholic institution, Ms. Moore-Thomas became the