Helpful Mentors:

What they do, and how they do it

To a large extent the comments of junior faculty and unit heads, surveyed in 2007, are consistent with the literature on mentoring and with each other. To see summary and analysis of survey responses from department chairs, click here. Click here to see summary and analysis of survey responses from pre-tenure faculty members. Both groups’ comments are combined below to delineate some best practices and expectations for mentoring:

1. To build and maintain relationships, good mentors should:

2. To provide guidance and clarity regarding the tenure process, effective mentors should:

3. To support scholarship, proficient mentors should:

4. To provide guidance and support regarding teaching and service, good mentors should:

5. To assist with integration into the unit and with professional socialization, effective mentors should:

6. To offer and supply personal support, proficient mentors should:

7. To best fit the needs of mentees, at times serve as referral agents to other possible mentors who are more familiar with or seem better suited to provide assistance in a given area.  When a mentor is particularly busy, a referral may also be in everyone’s best interest.