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Mentoring FAQs
Auburn University

Benefits of Participating in a Mentoring Program:

  1. It helps new faculty understand the structure, culture and informal rules of the department/unit.

  2. It helps to gain insights into tenure and promotion process.

  3. It enables new faculty learn about available resources and university regulations.

  4. New faculty can obtain constructive criticism and feedback.

  5. New faculty can receive advice on managing responsibilities and professional priorities.

  6. It provides a structure that facilitates career advancement via regular strategy sessions with a mentor.

  7. It helps new faculty gain an advocate and access informal networks of communication.

  8. It helps new faculty develop long range career plan.

  9. It helps new faculty develop a professional network and identify possible collaborators.

  10. It provides individual recognition and encouragement.

Benefits of Becoming a Mentor:

  1. Mentors have the opportunity positively influence a mentee’s career.

  2. Mentors have the opportunity to advance the reputation of the department, college and/or Auburn.

  3. Less time devoted to faculty search activities.

  4. Mentoring may increase stimulation from bright and creative new colleagues.

  5. Mentoring provides intellectual satisfaction that can lead to enhanced or renewed interest in and commitment to one’s own career.

  6. Mentoring gives personal satisfaction from helping the professional growth of others.

  7. Mentoring expands one’s network of colleagues and collaborators.

  8. Mentoring results in recognition from peers and administrators for service.

  9. Mentoring improves managerial and mentoring skills.

  10. Mentoring provides recognition of one’s own professional skills by the mentee.