Why Become a Mentor?
A mentor is an active partner in an ongoing relationship who helps a mentee reach his/her professional goals. A mentor provides guidance and advice. A mentor is an advocate and a teacher and has a vested interest in the success and accomplishments of the promising developing faculty. Not inconsequentially, the success of the junior person ultimately reflects on the senior person, further adding to his/her prestige.
Mentoring provides an opportunity to affect the future; you transmit a part of yourself to each person you mentor -- your ideals, ethics, and professionalism. This legacy continues on long after you retire. The mentoring experience provides intellectual stimulation and the satisfaction of contributing to the success of another person. It strengthens your application for promotion and is recognized as part of a your academic assignment.