Mentoring is a key mechanism to help new faculty members develop a sense of support and belonging. Faculty mentoring can increase job satisfaction and retention, and help junior faculty members achieve tenure and promotion.
Mentoring programs designed to be flexible and satisfy individual mentees’ needs and goals increase their likelihood of success. Effective mentoring happens when mentors and mentees are prepared and strong relationships develop. The resources listed on this website will help mentees and mentors get started.
Of particular importance, mentees are encouraged to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify their strengths and weaknesses and where they would like to improve in order to meet their career goals. This document can serve as a useful starting point for discussions between mentors and mentees.