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Effective Mentoring: Roles and Responsibilities, Expectations and Realities. Stephanie J. Bird, PhD. What is a Mentor?. Shares experience and expertise Is concerned about the professional development of the mentee Is not the same as a thesis advisor or research supervisor

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Effective mentoring roles and responsibilities expectations and realities

Effective Mentoring:Roles and Responsibilities, Expectations and Realities

Stephanie J. Bird, PhD


What is a mentor

What is a Mentor?

  • Shares experience and expertise

  • Is concerned about the professional development of the mentee

  • Is not the same as a thesis advisor or research supervisor

  • Is not the same as a role model


Mentors what trainees should know

Mentors: What Trainees Should Know

  • Personal and professional relationship

  • Trainees need several mentors

  • Not everyone makes a good mentor

  • Trainees should be encouraged to evaluate a mentor’s advice


Mentors advice

Mentors Advice

  • Unique perspective based on experience

  • Potentially different values, experience and goals

  • Different timeframe, colleagues and institution

  • Therefore evaluate advice from one’sown perspective


What mentors should know

What Mentors Should Know

  • Mentoring takes time and attention

  • Different people have different needs at different times

  • Possible exclusionary circumstances to watch for

  • Need to evaluate one’s assumptions

  • Some need more mentoring

  • Trainees may not follow advice


Institutional departmental responsibility

Institutional/Departmental Responsibility

  • Mentoring is a professional responsibility

  • Encourage and promote mentorship

  • Provide training for mentors

  • Reward good mentors

  • Facilitate mentoring e.g., with group mentoring programs

  • Both trainees and mentors need to know what to expect


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