A mentoring relationship is a close individualized relationship that develops over time between a graduate student and a faculty member that includes both caring and guidance.
Regardless of their fields, faculty need to balance the many demands that are made
of them. A partial list of their responsibilities includes: teaching undergraduate and
graduate courses; advising undergraduate and graduate students; serving on disserta-tion
committees; researching or working on creative projects; writing grants; writing
books and articles; reviewing the work of their students and colleagues; serving on
departmental and university committees; and fulfilling duties for professional organi-zations.
The pace of these demands does not let up over time. Junior faculty face the pres-sure
of preparing for their tenure review, which means they have to be engaged in an
active research agenda. As faculty become more senior, and their national and
international prominence increases, there is a concomitant rise in the requests for
their time and energies (Tierney & Rhoads, 1994).
Rather than trying to find one mentor, think of your task as building a mentoring
team. Although we use the
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