The Many Paths to Successful Mentoring


What is mentoring?

Defining mentoring:

"a mentor is someone who takes a special interest in helping another person develop into a successful professional" (Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering by National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine).

"It is, perhaps, an overstatement to say that faculty mentors must be imbued with godlike qualities. However, it is not an exaggeration to state that the role of the mentor is among the most demanding tasks taken on by the faculty. Mentoring transforms the student into a colleague by recognizing that graduate education includes socialization to the values, norms, and practices of the discipline." (Mentor and Graduate Student: Strategies for Success - University of Louisville, Graduate School, Prepared by the Graduate Council, 1998-1999)


What paths are there?

Guiding students through the degree requirements, through thesis or dissertation research, and through professional development. (University of California - Davis, Graduate School)


Which path will you choose?*

*All ideas courtesy of the faculty present at the Faculty Mentoring Workshop, 11/18/2005


*Ideas courtesy of faculty present at the Faculty Mentoring Workshops: 3/18/2008, 4/3/2009, 3/31/2010, 11/4/2011, 10/16/2016


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Marcia D. Dixson

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