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Being a Successful Mentor
What does a mentor do?
- Serves as a role model and advisor to the mentee
- Assists the mentee in figuring out and achieving his or her professional goals
- Shares his or her perspective with the mentee so the mentee can have an outside assessment of his or her online presence and teaching skills
- Advances a mentee’s understanding of Guttman’s institutional context so that a mentee knows the history and inner workings of Guttman’s teaching model
- Helps mentee interpret and apply the Guttman Instructional Principles and expectations to mentee’s own course
Setting expectations with your mentee
As a mentor, you will need to help set expectations for the semester so you and your mentee know what to expect from each other during the semester.
- Ask what the mentee’s goals are for the course
- Ask what the mentee hopes to achieve both in the course and in mentorship. After getting a clearer picture of the mentee’s objectives for the semester, you and the mentee will need to come to a mutual understanding of what is expected.
- Tell the mentee what you can help with
- Tell the mentee how you see working with the mentee
- Tell the mentee what you will need from him/her to achieve the mentee’s goals
Being a Successful Mentee
What does a mentee do?
A mentee is a new or less experienced faculty member that is seeking their mentor’s advice and support. A mentee is an active participant in the mentoring relationship.
- Establishes goals so the mentee and mentor can develop a plan to achieve those goals
- Communicates his or her goals and expectations for both course and the mentoring relationship Seeks advice
- Shares his or her experiences, both good and bad
- Applies what is learned from the mentor
- Brings creative energy and new ideas to the mentoring relationship
Setting expectations with your mentor
As a mentee, you will have to be prepared for the expectation discussion.
- Assess your weaknesses and strengths as instructor especially as an online instructor
- Figure out what you want to accomplish this semester in your course and in the mentoring relationship
- Determine your teaching goals for the semester
- What kind of guidance do you want? Bring the product of the above process to your first meeting with your mentor, so you both can get on the same page quickly.
Communicating with your mentor
Effective interactions with your mentor require that you receive and understand your mentor’s feedback and advice. Do not be shy about communicating with your mentor and do not assume that your mentor will always take the initiative.
- Share your experiences and be specific
- Make sure you understand what your mentor has written or said to you
- Clarify any misunderstandings you may have
- Discussions should always be a two-way dialogue
Make sure to follow up with your mentor as needed
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- CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum
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- Writing Across the Curriculum in Historical Perspective by David Russell