Why Is Mentoring Beneficial?

When they first arrive all faculty members, regardless of their rank and past experiences, need help learning the culture, protocols, and procedures of UM- Dearborn. The faster they can acclimate, the sooner they can focus their energies on teaching and research. Established faculty members can also benefit from advice from colleagues. Collegial critiques of drafts of papers and grant proposals may save valuable review time and increase the chances of early success. Getting comments on drafts of course proposals is also helpful and we can all improve on our teaching skills. By fostering collegiality, mentoring will not only increase teaching and research productivity, but will also lead to increased faculty job satisfaction and improve morale. The potential benefits of faculty mentoring to protégés include:

  • Quicker acclimation to the job
  • Improved teaching
  • Improved research skills and productivity
  • Better informed choices regarding service activities
  • Increased social contact

The potential benefits to mentors include:

  • Satisfaction from contributing to the development of a colleague
  • Exposure to new research techniques and topics, and different teaching styles and strategies
  • Reinvigoration of teaching and research programs