Roles & Responsibilities

While mentoring is a one-on-one relationship, it is also a partnership. Strong mentoring partnerships are forged — and benefits accrue to each partner — when attention is paid to mutual roles and responsibilities.  Please review the lists below to learn more about your responsibilities, as well as your partners’.

For more information, please email Tracy C. Davis.

The Roles & Responsibilities


  • Commit to and meet with your mentee regularly.
  • Listen and learn. Discover who your mentee is as a person and what his/her goals are.
  • Have an honest interest in your mentee’s chosen career path.
  • Jointly set goals and clear expectations.
  • Guide, encourage and support your mentee in their academic and personal life.
  • Be a role model, share experiences and demonstrate personal integrity.
  • Teach mentees how to learn from their mistakes.
  • Make relevant introductions and create opportunities for collaboration and professional development.


  • Choose your mentor wisely. Ensure he/she is compatible with you in the areas of your research interest and personality.
  • Initiate and schedule discussions with your mentor regularly.
  • Be honest and share a true self-assessment of who you are and what your goals are.
  • Make a commitment to prepare, attend meetings and take action after meetings.
  • Listen. Consider all suggestions without being defensive.
  • Follow through on suggestions that make sense.
  • Participate. Take full advantage of the introductions, services and assistance offered.
  • Give back. Share how you’ve used your mentor’s advice.