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Roles and Responsibilities of Mentors

Mentors can take on various roles, such as coach, champion, friend, advocate, role model, or confidant depending on the needs of the new faculty and the nature of the mentoring relationship. One of the greatest assistance a mentor can provide a mentee is simply identification. A veritable 'Who's Whom' on campus and in their departments. Sharing funding opportunities from sources inside and outside the university is equally invaluable to mentees.

MENTORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Maintaining confidentiality of information shared by mentee
  • Taking the initiative and contacting mentees
  • Devoting time to the relationship
  • Reasonable accessibility
  • Sharing knowledge and experience to benefit new faculty and following up on thei progress


BENEFITS OF BECOMING A MENTOR:

  • These relationships are not one-sided. Senior faculty are exposed to a fresh set of eyes in befriending new faculty
  • Personal satisfaction in giving back and extending yourself
  • Service to the institution and academe
  • Opportunity to be the mentor you had, or wish you had, when starting your academic career