University of Southern Indiana

For Mentees

Choosing a Mentor

Consider the following points:

Mutual respect: Choose someone with similar teaching, scholarship, or service interests whose work you respect and who has demonstrated an interest in your success.

Feedback: Choose someone who is willing to provide honest and constructive critiques of your work and career path, and who has the time to devote to interactions with you.

Shared Interests: Your mentor should be someone with whom has an interest in, experiential base, and willingness to nurture and guide you in your area of major career focus whether it be teaching, scholarship, or service

Shared project: Ideally, your mentor might have a project in which you can become involved. Participation in this project can teach you both the written and unwritten rules applicable in your particular field.

Adapted from Emory University & Tulane University

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