Academic Mentoring Ladder Chairs Full Full Associate Full/Associate Assistant Faculty M.S./Ph.D. students Faculty Undergraduates Ph.D. students M.S. students M.S. students Undergraduates Undergraduates High school students
Where to find a mentor? Look everywhere! - In your department at your institution - Outside your department at your institution - In your field outside your institution - Outside your field outside your institution
Attributes of a Good Mentor Interest Supportive Patient Knowledgeable Competent Accessible Helps you figure out how to use your strengths Helps you figure out how to overcome your weaknesses
Attributes of a Good Mentor Listens, listens, and then listens some more Asks powerful/probing questions Is NOT a ‘know it all’ Shares ALL possibilities, w/o judgment Respects privacy Has positive personality characteristics humor, honesty, empathy, compassion, …
Mentoring Tip #4 Meet frequently, especially early on.
In a New Mentor Relationship Build trust Express commitment Set expectations (e.g., # times to meet/month) Set limits Create goals (in writing) Every mentoring relationship has phases, … including an end to formal mentoring
Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia By Emily Toth
Recommended Reading ADVISER, TEACHER, ROLE MODEL, FRIEND On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Engineering Institute of Medicine National Academy Press Washington, D.C. 1997