Benefits of Mentoring

Benefits to the MenteeBenefits to the MentorBenefits to the Dept/Institution
  • Increases success, satisfaction, career opportunity, and promotion
  • Demystifies the aspects of an academic career (clinical, teaching, scholarship, research, writing, publishing, funding, promotion and tenure)
  • Increases a mentee’s confidence (particularly for women in male dominated fields)
  • Promotes sense of well-being that the mentor is on your side
  • Opens doors to opportunity for the mentee in formal and informal ways (sponsorship and networking from the mentor)
  • Develop skills in navigating the politics of the academic culture
  • Offers early career faculty an advocate, promoter, and role-model
  • Mentee contributes insight into new ideas , technologies, and approaches to teaching, research, and scholarship
  • Enables collaboration and exchange of ideas and techniques across disciplines
  • Expanded a mentor’s professional networking pool with new branches from the mentee
  • Provides a sense of gratification in helping the next generation
  • Offers the opportunity to cultivate a protégé and reap support for the mentor’s projects
  • Enhances academia through higher retention, faculty satisfaction, and productivity
  • Creates a supportive climate to benefit everyone
  • Rejuvenates senior faculty
  • Conserves the “institutional memory” by handing down valuable information from one generation to another
  • Cultivates a sense of commitment to the profession and institution

Moody, J. (2009). Mentoring Early-Stage Faculty:  Myths and Missing Elements. San Diego: JoAnn Moody.
University of Arizona ADVANCE webpage. Accessed March 2012.