Who can be a Mentee?
- USF Health Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (COM Core Faculty only)
- Must have a USF Health e-mail address
Why Become a Mentee?
Becoming a mentee creates the opportunity for a formal multifaceted collaboration between a junior professional and a senior professional with the primary goal being the nurturing of your professional development. The USF Health Mentorship Program is a process by which you and a mentor work together to discover, develop, and maximize your potential with a long term relationship with a responsibility provide the support, knowledge, and impetus to facilitate professional success.
Roles of a Mentee
- Eagerness to learn and respect for mentor’s expertise
- Flexibility and an understanding of the mentor’s other committments
- Promptness for all meetings
- Provision of feedback, even if none is requested
- Appreciation of mentor’s time and interest
Responsibilities of a Mentee
- Arrange to meet with your mentor at least quarterly. The mentee makes the initial contact.
- Exchange contact information - office phone, cell phone, email, etc.
- Prepare an updated CV to be reviewed by your mentor prior to the first meeting
- Identify at least three short term (6-12 months) and three long term (3-5 years) professional goals to be discussed with your mentor.
- Advise the mentor and the mentorship administrator when a relationship needs to be modified or terminated
- Participate in as many mentorship program functions offered by the Office of Faculty Affairs as possible
- Participate in faculty development opportunities
What to Expect From Your Mentoring Relationship
Checklist for Mentees
- Are there informal as well as formal criteria for promotion and tenure?
- Who can help clarify my department's expectations?
- How do I build a faculty dossier?
- What professional organizations should I join?
- How do I gain a spot on the program at academic colloquia, symposiums, and conferences?
- How do people in my field find out about, get nominated for, and win assistantships, fellowships, awards, and prizes?
- How do I get a grant?
- Who sits on relevant committees?
- What departmental and college committees should I serve on and how do I get appointed?
- Who can support a nomination effectively?
- What is the best way of getting feedback on a paper -- to circulate pre-publication drafts widely, or to show drafts to a few colleagues?
- How should co-authorship be handled for books and journals?
- What kinds of peer review of teaching should I expect? Should I seek additional feedback?
- Are there other teaching and learning resources I should explore?
- What are appropriate and accepted ways to raise different kinds of concerns, issues, and problems?
- How do I deal with conflict within and outside the department (ie: intra-departmental, hospital, college, etc.)?
- How do I balance my clinical and teaching duties while starting a research program?
- How do I balance my personal and professional life?
- Who can I go to for personal problems?
Specific Tips for Mentees
Practical strategies that could benefit your relationship with your mentor.
- Remember that you own your own development; your mentor doesn’t own it. It’s up to you to identify objectives as well as to focus and sustain the relationship.
- Use active LISTENING skills in discussions with your Mentor.
- Be prepared to ask for specific advice on your skill set, ideas, plans, and goals. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for your mentor to respond.
- Be complete yet succinct in your comments and explanations.
- Make it easy for your mentor to give you honest, specific feedback. Ask for it early in your relationship.
- If you get some corrective feedback, don’t defend yourself. Thank your mentor for being honest with you. Then ask, “What specifically don’t you like about____?” or “What specifically would you recommend?”
- Participate in Mentorship Program evaluation process