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"Mentors are guides. They lead us along the journey of our lives. We trust them because they have been there before. They embody our hopes, cast light on the way ahead, interpret arcane signs, warn us of lurking dangers and point out unexpected delights along the way." L.A. Daloz

Mentoring fosters the professional growth of its mentors and mentees and facilitates effective communication and connectivity among thoses who participate in the process. Mentoring is both a formal and informal activity, and can address all aspects of academic life, from approaches to achieving work life balance to advice about professional milestones that must be reached in order to advance through the ranks. In addition to one-on-one pairing of junior faculty with more senior faculty, faculty mentoring may include department social events, invitations to professional conferences, teaching and research collaborations, and developing individual career plans. Junior faculty are encouraged to have a network of peers and more senior colleagues as mentors and advisors to get a complete overview of the requirements for academic success.

"Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Faculty." University of Michigan. (pdf)

   Includes goals for career advising; Tips for senior faculty; Tips for department chairs; Tips for junior faculty; Questions to ask and answer

"Communicating in Mentoring Relationships: A Theory for Enactment" Pamela J. Kalbfleisch. (pdf)

    Guidance on Finding and Entering a Mentoring Relationship.

"Essay on how new faculty members can deal with imposter syndrome." Inside Higher Ed. (pdf)

    Asking questions, frequently, may be the most important part of your first year on the job.

"New Faculty Mentoring Guide" Ball State University. (pdf)

    Selecting Mentors; General Keys to Good Mentoring; Tips for New Faculty Proteges; Research Mentoring

"New Faculty Mentoring Checklist." Ball State University. (pdf)

"The Difference Mentoring Makes." Chronicle of Higher Education. (pdf)

    Analyzes various styles of mentoring and being a mentee.

"Annotated Bibliography on Mentoring" – University of Arizona NSF Program. (pdf)

    Collection of research findings on various approaches to mentoring.