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Faculty Mentoring: The Mentor

Mentoring Resource

The Mentor's Role

A Mentor facilitates exposure to new ideas and interests, new opportunities for professional challenges, personal satisfaction in sharing your career experience, knowledge and skills, opportunity to reflect on your own practices, opportunity to practice developmental behaviors outside own direct line responsibilities, learning from the shared interactions with mentees.x

Mentor is expected to:

  • Listen patiently
  • Build  a relationship
  • Nurture self-sufficiency
  • Establish protected time together
  • Share yourself
  • Provide introductions
  • Be constructive
  • Not be overbearing
“Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend”, National Academy of Sciences National Press, Washington DC.

Mentor Do and Don't

Listen actively Fix the probelm
Support and facilitate networking and brokering Take credit
Teach by example Threaten, coerce or use undue influence
Be aware of role conflict Lose critical oversight - allow friendship to cloud judgment
Encourage and motivate mentee to move beyond their comfort zone Condemn (mistakes or lack of agreement are not career altering disasters
Promote independence
Promote balance
Rejoice in success and convey your joy
Encourage reciprocity