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Patricia Rankin
Supported by SBE-123636

Mentors Matter
Everyone needs at least one mentor  The less you think you need a mentor the more valuable they can be
 Mentoring

is not about helping someone who is weak survive  Mentoring is about helping everyone maximize their potential and be as effective as they can be

The Evolving Mentor
What do you think of when you hear the term “Mentor”?  What would be the characteristics of the perfect advisor for you?
 Is

there a match?  Can you find anyone who fits?  Can you find people who have some of the characteristics you gave your perfect advisor?

Finding a Mentor

Don’t rely on a single person for everything!
 Unlikely

to find a perfect match  Unlikely to find anyone who will feel comfortable being your only source of advice

Want someone you can go to for advice not orders  Want someone you feel comfortable with

Finding The Mentor for You

Be proactive
 Do

not wait for someone to be assigned  Do not assume that you have no choices

Start small and approach someone you think you can work with
 Make

a finite request  Tell them if they have been helpful  Ask if they would be willing to give you more advice in the future

Being a Mentor

We all have a responsibility to help others
 Legitimize

/ Lead by example

Let people know that you had a mentor Invite out junior faculty for a coffee If you are asked for help at least point someone in the right direction

 Facilitate

 Respond

Effective Mentors

What attributes are needed?
 Listening


Best if you are an “active listener”

 Ability

to empathize  Ability to be effective  Comfortable in role
 

Able to advise on these issues Willing to give constructive criticism

 In

appropriate role/have authority

Institutional Role

Institutions need to ensure that junior faculty, in particular, are being mentored
 Encourage

junior faculty to find a mentor

Do not say “You are good enough you do not need one”!

 Make

sure that there are senior faculty who can take on the role of mentor and do so effectively

Institutional Role
Institutions should view mentoring as a rewarded service activity  Institutions should train faculty
 What

outside resources can they call on?  What are most common issues?

Often especially useful for faculty to have people outside of their departments that they can go to

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