Guidelines and Expectations for Mentors

Office of Faculty Development

Schedule regular meetings with your mentor(s)

Your mentee should come prepared with goals for each meeting. Review these in the context of the project timeline (created by you and your mentee spanning the nine month program cycle) and your mentee's professional goals as outlined in their program application. Assist in maintaining focus on these primary goals. Allow your mentee to outline next steps while providing the "guardrails" to keep them on track.

Keep your commitments

Keep your commitments to your mentee and notify them when you are unable to keep a commitment.

Understand your role

Because this is a project-based mentoring program, also known as "functional mentoring", you were selected as a mentor based on skills you have shown competence in, that your mentee wants to develop. The major focus of your mentoring meetings should be centered on your mentee's progress, next steps and professional goals as outlined in their program application. While it would be reasonable to expect you to review your mentee's proposal, review scholarship around their project or contribute to writing (with clarity regarding shared authorship), the project work belongs to the mentee and is their responsibility.

Develop clarity regarding time commitments

You have made a nine month commitment to work with your mentee from January 1st through September 30th. You may expect to spend more time with them at the beginning of the program cycle as your mentee refines and launches their project. For example: 4-6 hours in January; 2-4 hours in February and two hours per month between March and September. If your mentee anticipates a different trajectory, based on the nature of their project, this should be discussed at your first meeting.

Provide honest, respectful feedback and critique.

Have honest discussions about what is and isn't working.