Elements of Effective Mentoring:

Goal Setting & Activities

1.    Goal setting

Overall, the mentor and mentee should together establish goals for the mentoring process.  Effective mentoring most commonly involves the creation of a collaborative plan that:

·         Helps the mentee develop a career vision;

·         Identifies how the mentee will achieve the vision;

·         Creates strategic goals that are achievable and measurable;

·         Includes annual review of progress on goals;

·         Useful forms and templates


2.    Mentoring Activities

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet and discuss activities that promote mentees’ needs and interests through face-to-face interactions, phone calls, or emails. Mentoring activities may include: social activities, research-related activities, teaching-related activities, service-related activities, career development, and work-life balance.

Social activities

·         Take mentee out for lunch

·         Introduce mentee to other faculty members

·         Introduce mentee to staff who can provide useful resources

·         Attend mentoring workshops together offered by the University

Research-related activities

·         Discuss research strategies

·         Review CV and provide feedback

·         Discuss research funding opportunities and strategies

·         Review grant applications

Teaching-related activities

·         Review students’ teaching evaluations

·         Discuss effective instructional skills

·         Discuss teaching portfolio

·         Share useful teaching resources

·         Observe mentee teaching in classroom

Service-related activities

·         Discuss potential service opportunities at the department or university level (e.g., service on committee)

·         Discuss scholarly service opportunities (e.g., journal reviewer, conference organizers)

·         Discuss ways to balance service and research/teaching

·         Provide advice regarding avenues for community engagement

Career development

·         Discuss long-term career goals

·         Discuss tenure and promotion process including preparing dossier when relevant

·         Discuss departmental climate and provide advice on faculty relationships

Work-life balance

·         Discuss work-to-life and life-to-work conflicts

·         Share time management strategies

·         Share stress management techniques

Civic Engagement and Economic Development

•    Explore technology transfer implications of research

•    Discuss relevant patent development and licensing

•    Explore consulting opportunities

•    Help identify strategies to network with various community groups

•    Assist in developing best practices for working effectively with community groups, NGO’s and businesses at the local through global levels. discovered and making changes to mentor/mentee relationships and practices as needed.