What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an interpersonal, developmental relationship that exists to benefit the mentee. Both the mentor and the mentee have roles and responsibilities in promoting a high quality, effective mentoring relationship.

Departmental Level Recommendation for Mentoring Faculty

Mentoring alone is unlikely to make a significant difference in the successful retention, promotion, and professional development of faculty members in a department that does not support a mentoring culture.
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Mentoring for Diversity and Inclusion

Newer members of the academy are more heterogeneous than ever before. Effective mentors must acquire sensitivities to differences.

Evaluating Mentoring

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” – Albert Einstein
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Individual Mentoring Consultations

The CFE is dedicated to supporting faculty mentoring at every career stage. We offer confidential, one-on-one, consultations in the following areas:

  • How do I Determine My Mentoring Needs?
  • How should I Approach Potential Mentors?
  • How do I go about Developing My Professional Network?
  • What is a Good Mentoring Relationship and How Can I Support It?


  • How Can I Become a Better Mentor?
  • How Do I Assess My Mentoring Competencies?
  • How Do I Mentor Individuals From Different Backgrounds?
  • How Do I Promote Effective Communication Between Myself and My Mentee?
  • How Do I Promote Mentoring in My Department/Unit?
  • How Do I Identify and Attract Good Mentors to My Department Mentoring Program?
  • How Do I Promote a Mentoring Culture in my Department/Unit?
  • How Do I Know if the Mentoring Taking Place in My Department/Unit is Effective?