Mentoring Best Practices
Successful mentoring relationships depend on the following best practices:
Clear and open communication of perspectives and interests. Increasing your awareness of others, active listening, and being able to share your own experiences are key.
Read more about Best Practices for Mentoring Communication
High standards of ethics and professionalism. Mentors have the responsibility of teaching and role modeling the appropriate ethical behavior of academic professionals.
Read more about Best Practices for Ethics in Mentoring
Awareness of and ability to openly discuss differences.
Read more about Best Practices for Mentoring across Differences
Commitment to addressing challenges as they arise.
Read more about Best Practices for Managing Mentoring Challenges
This section adapted with permission from the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute at Oregon Health & Science University and the Institute for Clinical Research Education Mentoring Resources, University of Pittsburgh.
UIC Mentoring Resource Guide
UIC Human Resources' Mentoring Resource Guide document at the MyCareer website contains many useful ideas to improve mentoring relationships. The following sections may be most useful:
What Role does a Mentor Play?
How can I improve Mentor Effectiveness?
How can I improve Mentee Effectiveness?
What are some Common Protégé Profiles?
This section is used with permission from UIC Human Resources
The William T. Grant Foundation Guide
The William T. Grant Foundation has a new resource for mentors jointly developed by the Forum for Youth Investment and the Foundation. Pay It Forward: Guidance for Mentoring Junior Scholars presents best practices gleaned from experiences with current and former William T. Grant Foundation Scholars and their mentees, as well as a review of selected literature. The guide is available here.