Who can be a Mentor?
- USF Health Professor or Associate Professor (COM Core Faculty only)
- 3 years at USF Health
- Must have a USF Health e-mail address
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.
What Does a Mentor Do?
Roles of a Mentor
- Moral support
- Evaluative feedback
Responsibilities of a Mentor
- Meet with your mentee at least quarterly. These meetings will generally be initiated by the mentee, but the mentor is also responsible for insuring that a meeting takes place on schedule
- Be available for urgent situations that arise
- Encourage and demonstrate confidence in your mentee
- Recognize that your mentee is an individual with a personal life and value her/him as a person
- Be liberal with feedback
- Encourage independent behavior, but be willing to invest ample time in your mentee
- Provide accessibility and exposure for your mentee within your own professional circle both within and outside the immediate university circle
- Illustrate the methodology and importance of "networking"
Guide for Mentors
- First and foremost, remain focused on the overall character development of your mentee. Successful people develop and grow successful careers.
- Try to be compassionate, caring, and mindful that these are tough times for junior faculty members.
- Help the mentee make the transition to the Tampa Bay area and USF community.
- Make sure that contact (preferably through meetings) is maintained on a regular basis, such as once a month.
- Listen. Listen. Listen. Do not give advice unless asked. Sometimes mentees just need to be heard and mentors should help them find their own solutions.
- Introduce the mentee to the larger academic community and its culture.
- Provide advice on University and USF Health policies.
- Advise the mentee on how to manage the pressures and crises of professional life.
- Suggest strategies for effective teaching.
- Propose effective ways of interacting with students and colleagues.
- Read and critique research proposals and papers.
- Encourage the submission of papers for presentation at professional conferences.
- Advise on tenure and promotion requirements and processes, i.e.,
- Help mentees set appropriate short and long term professional goals and advise them of the specific expectations for promotion in their academic track.
- Suggest strategies for showcasing new work, flag opportunities to obtain institutional support (such as travel funds, release time, or access to equipment); help a mentee steer clear of political pitfalls.
- Advise on time allocation for patient care, teaching, service, and research
- Facilitate development of teaching skills in the classroom, clinical and research settings.
- Facilitate success in research.
- Advise the mentee and the Program Coordinator when a relationship needs to be modified or terminated.
- Participate in as many programs and mentor training functions as possible.
- Participate in Mentorship Program evaluation process.