Aligning Expectations for the Mentoring Relationship
One critical element of an effective mentor-mentee relationship is a shared understanding of what each person expects from the relationship. Frustration for both the mentor and mentee can arise from misunderstandings about expectations. Importantly, expectations change over time so frequent reflection and clear communication are needed to maintain a collaborative relationship. Completing an expectations worksheet together is a helpful strategy for aligning relationship expectations.
Resources for Aligning Expectations
- Defining Relationship Expectations Worksheet – Developed by the Mentoring Resource Center, Wake Forest University
- Aligning Mentee Needs with Mentoring Strategies – Developed by Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, and Carole J. Bland, PhD, University of Minnesota
- Developing Shared Expectations: Humanities Focus – Developed by the University of Michigan
- Developing Shared Expectations: STEM and Social Sciences Focus – Developed by the University of Michigan
- Mentor-Undergrad Mentee Expectations Agreement – Developed by E. Frazaier et al, Entering Research: A Facilitator’s Manual
The University of Georgia Graduate School provides guided worksheets for creating mentor-mentee compacts that support structured, successful mentoring relationships: Mentor-Mentee Worksheet #1, Mentor-Mentee Compact Worksheet #2. The University also supplies a Mentoring Agreement Template and a Mentoring Partnership Agreement worksheet.
The Association of American Medical Colleges provides an example of a compact between postdoctoral appointees and their mentors.
The CFE curates a collection of mentoring resources for Carolina faculty mentors, mentees, and departments. They also provide helpful training, peer support groups, and consultations.
- Resources for mentees
- Resources for mentors
- Resources for Graduate Student Mentees and Their Faculty Mentors
- Individual Development Plan (IDP)
- Graduate Student resource-collection