Section: Mentoring

Mentoring Awards

USC Mentoring Awards are awarded to USC faculty members who have substantially contributed to building an effective academic environment by their demonstrated excellence in and commitment to mentoring.

Mentoring Guidelines

For faculty

USC Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Faculty Affairs: Mentoring Resources.

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend. An HTML version of "Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend." It is intended for faculty members, teachers, administrators and others who advise and mentor students of science and engineering. It is also a useful guide to mentors in all disciplines.

Empowering the Faculty: Mentoring Redirected and Renewed. This ERIC digest based on a full-length report provides an institutional perspective on why academe should be concerned with mentoring.

An Examination of Effective Mentoring Models in the Academy. Welch, Olga M. In the ERIC database. ED394464. A report presenting a two-part discussion of models of mentoring in higher education. The first part provides an overview of the career and psychosocial roles of the mentor. Part two examines several studies of graduate mentoring in higher education.

Empowering the Faculty: Mentoring Redirected and Renewed. Washington D.C., ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. In the ERIC database. ED399889. "Empowering the Faculty" synthesizes the literature on mentoring in terms of conceptual frameworks, mentoring arenas, and roles and functions of mentors and proteges. It also discusses the dynamics of mentoring for empowering faculty members as leaders and the importance of mentoring women and minorities in academe. A discussion of planning mentoring and faculty mentoring models focuses on developing and empowering faculty and ultimately benefit the institution.

Faculty Mentorship at Colleges and Universities. Savage, Hallie E., Rashelle S. Karp and Rose Logue (2004). Washington D.C.: Heldref Publications. In the ERIC database. EJ702017. An article that provides a rationale for, as well as features and benefits of, a new faculty mentorship program at a comprehensive university.

Mentoring: A Guide for Faculty A comprehensive mentoring guide, developed by the Graduate School, University of Washington for the faculty mentor.

Mentoring in Higher Education. Ron Penner explores the concept and practice of mentoring in the world of higher education. Topics include the benefits of mentoring, faculty to faculty mentoring, faculty role expectations, and peer mentoring.

Mentoring in Higher Education: Best Practices. Canton, Marsha E., and James, David P. (1999). Pacifica, CA: Canton Associates. Draws quite literally from the workshop experiences of its authors to provide a resource for mentoring program start-up and continuing support.” The book serves mainly as a shopping list of things to do, issues to resolve, goals to clarify. In addition to the lists, there are sample forms, job descriptions, evaluations, etc.

Mentoring Junior Faculty. Advice to department chairs on mentoring.

A Model of Research Mentoring for Higher Education--An Overview, Mihkelson, Ann (1997). ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. In the ERIC database. ED418661. A paper presenting a mentoring model that was implemented at the University of Tasmania to enhance the research skills of junior academic staff through mentoring by senior staff. Specific advice on the selection of mentors and proteges, gender issues, learning, reflection, communication, evaluation, the usefulness of technology (particularly electronic mail, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing), and planning is included.

Principles and Good Practices Concerning Research Mentoring. A brief article provided by the Graduate College, University of Iowa on principles and good practices which have been found useful in the selection of a mentor and dealing with instances of difficulties between mentor and protege.

University of Washington, Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education. The University of Washington provides a set guidelines for students and faculty mentors.

For Graduate Students

USC Graduate School Mentoring Brochure. A site with tips for good mentoring traits and a link to the USC Graduate School Mentoring Brochure.

Grad Student's Guide to Mentors & Advisors. A series of 4 brief articles about mentoring that are focused on the graduate student. The articles are: Part 1: Advisors vs. Mentors, Part 2: Choosing a Mentor, Part 3: Take Your Advisor's Perspective and Part 4: How to Mentor.

How to Get the Mentoring You Want. A resource handbook directed at graduate students. Also provides insight to the mentor about developing relationships with proteges and mentorship issues within a diverse community.

How to Obtain the Mentoring You Need: A Graduate Student Guide. A comprehensive mentoring guide, developed by The Graduate School, University of Washington for the graduate student.

For Faculty and Grad Students

Academic Mentoring- How to Give It and How to Get It. This commentary describes several key points of advice, both for individuals who mentor and those who receive mentoring. The article also provides additional links to more articles on mentoring.

Mentor Toolbox. Guidelines for developing successful mentoring relationships provided by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Mentoring for Graduate Students: Tips for Faculty Mentors. Mentoring tips from the University of Iowa Graduate College for faculty mentors about mentoring graduate students in scholarship and creative activity, and career and intellectual development.

Twelve Tips for Developing Effective Mentors. Excellent article which discusses 12 tips, as determined from the needs of the mentors themselves. Though the steps were determined by a group of Medical Educators, they are widely applicable to effectively developing mentors.

  1. CET documents
  2. General sources
  3. E-Mentoring pages: resources using the Internet as a vehicle to establish the mentoring process
  4. Program/Mentor recognition pages

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