Mentoring Relationship

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Mentoring Relationship

  1. 1. The mentoring relationship Gillian Lord
  2. 2. Who am I?Associate Professor of Spanish andLinguisticsChair of the Department of Spanish andPortuguese StudiesDirector of the Lower Division SpanishProgram
  3. 3. MENTORING
  4. 4. MMUTUAL RESPECT Respect each other as humans No perfect relationship Know what you’re looking for
  5. 5. EEVOLVES OVER TIME Mentor will fulfill different needs over the course of your graduate studies Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need
  6. 6. NNETWORK of MENTORS Mentoring involves diverse functions No one person can fill all needs Academic sponsor Emotional support Career advice Pedagogical insights
  7. 7. TTRUST Needs to be mutual Mentor wants you to succeed, you must trust the mentor’s judgment Respect each other’s time
  8. 8. OOPPORTUNITIES Take advantage of opportunities to network, share, engage with othersORGANIZATION The power of an outline! Drafts, meetings, everything
  9. 9. RRECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS Process is two-sided, both participants have to be engaged, committed Decisions are mutual Each can learn from the other
  10. 10. IINVESTMENT of TIME It takes time to develop any relationship, don’t expect it to happen overnight Both must commit and participate Part of the evolution
  11. 11. NNEGOTIATION Work together, stay in contact Establish goals together (professional, academic, etc.) Establish guidelines for feedback, communication responses, etc.
  12. 12. GGUIDANCE The mentor is a guide only The dissertation is your own A good mentor will allow you to make it your own Even if that means letting you make your own mistakes!
  13. 13. Thank you.

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