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Mentor Overview

Being a mentor is a rewarding experience that both mentee and mentor can benefit from.

As a mentor, you get:

  • Recognition of your investment in the next generation of researchers.
  • Satisfaction in fostering the development of a junior researcher.
  • Development of personal support network.
  • Ideas and feedback for your research/scholarship.
  • Opportunities for collaborative relationships.
  • Engagement and networking with other colleagues in the CDA community.

The goal of mentorship is to help your mentee be successful in his/her professional endeavors. However, it's ultimately up to you and your mentee to decide what you both want to gain out of this relationship.

A mentor is someone who is committed to the professional growth of the mentee. The expectation of a mentor is to spend time with the mentee and

  • Be accessible through prearranged communication method(s).
  • Provide constructive feedback (with specific suggestions for improvement) as well as praise when warranted.
  • Listen actively.
  • Express clear and positive expectations.
  • Set high standards for the mentee.
  • Challenge mentee to achieve goals.
  • Support and facilitate development of mentee's professional network.