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Faculty Mentoring

Faculty mentoring is a proactive process designed to facilitate the success of faculty members. The College of Social Sciences and Humanities continues its initiative to further the mentoring of faculty members through mentoring teams.

The university supports mentoring of faculty through the Mutual Mentoring Program and membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Responsibilities of Mentors

  • Consult with your mentee about disciplinary specific issues such as appropriate publication and conference venues; professional networking; the publication of books vs. articles; the place of edited volumes; external institutional affiliations and research collaborations; potential for securing external funding; and balancing scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • Exchange CVs with your mentee to stimulate discussion about career paths and possibilities.
  • Ask about and encourage accomplishments. Provide constructive criticism and impromptu feedback.
  • Use your knowledge and experience to help the mentee identify and build on his or her own strengths.
  • Attend at least one of the Provost’s mentoring events and workshops per year, and attend the reception for mentors and mentees.
  • Discuss annual performance reviews with the mentee: how to prepare, what to expect, how to deal with different outcomes.
  • Aid the mentee in exploring the institutional and department culture. What is valued? What is rewarded? Share knowledge about important university and professional events that should be attended by the mentee.

Responsibilities of Mentees

  • Consult with your mentor about disciplinary specific issues such as appropriate publication and conference venues; professional networking; the publication of books vs. articles; the place of edited volumes; external institutional affiliations and research collaborations; potential for securing external funding; and balancing scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • Show initiative in career planning; share your CV with your mentor for discussion.
  • Find out about and take advantage of opportunities for learning about how the university and your field operate.
  • Make your scheduled meetings with your mentor a priority and keep in touch informally.
  • Be willing to ask for help.
  • Become familiar with the resources available to support and strengthen your teaching and research at Northeastern and beyond.
  • Attend Provost’s mentoring events and workshops and CSSH workshops on grants and fellowships.
  • Meet with your department chair to discuss department expectations for tenure and/or promotion.
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities.

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