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What to expect

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE MENTORING PROGRAM
 
FOR NEW MENTEES:
 
  • Orientation to the university's climate, structure, and surrounding community
  • An advocate in the form of a senior faculty dedicated to discussing research goals, publication information, and a readymade sounding board
  • Access. Habituation is key to any successful mentoring relationship. Thus, the aim of the program is to help junior faculty adjust to a new environment as painless as possible
  • Questions answered and concerns discussed in a non-judgmental environment between colleagues
  • Insight into teaching and career development from a seasoned veteran
  • A friendly face to share the highs and lows of balancing work, personal life, and time
     
FOR NEW AND SEASONED MENTORS:
 
  • Share firsthand knowledge about the university in general, and teaching and academia, specifically.
  • Answering a plethora of ,Who, What, Where, and Why questions about any and everything
  • Satisfaction in helping shape the careers of new faculty
  • Provide a valuable service to the university by promoting collegiality and championing mentoring relationships among women
A friendly note to perspective mentors. If you are worried or concerned about being an effective mentor, don't. Mentees and mentors should keep in mind that positive mentoring relationships are both interpersonal and intrapersonal. A good portion of mentoring is innate. Should every senior faculty personnel be a mentor in the traditional sense? Probably not. On the other hand, while the program is formal, the mentoring relationships are not. You are encouraged to share your expertise to the extent that you feel comfortable.
 
QUALITIES OF A GOOD MENTOR
 
  • Genuinely wants mentees to thrive at Texas A&M University
  • Provides honest and balanced feedback; by offering constructive and candid criticism when warranted as well as praise
  • Values mentees as people and colleagues
  • Honors confidentiality
  • Actively listens and provides timely feedback, such as returning phone calls and assisting in deadlines
  • Conveys accessibility
  • Manages to communicate optimism and realism simultaneously
  • Has a sense of humor