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Mentees & Mentors: Maximizing the Benefits for Both

Essay Assignment

LFA Mentoring Committee

Mission

The Library Faculty Assembly (LFA) Mentoring Committee connects library faculty with mentors to provide assistance and guidance throughout their professional development at the University of Arizona Libraries. The Committee connects library faculty through a mentorship match program, as well as workshops and other professional development events geared towards the mentees’ interests and needs throughout the academic year. We aim to provide new and early career library faculty with support in any area identified as critical to their professional success, including continuing status & promotion, research, leadership development, career advancement, and psychosocial support.

Charge

The LFA Mentoring Committee is tasked with the following: 

  • Publicizing and facilitating the mentor matching process for library faculty 
  • Organizing and hosting workshops and professional development events that are relevant to mentees’ needs and interests
  • Organizing and hosting informal social events for mentees and mentors as a compliment to the traditional one-to-one mentoring model
  • Assessment of the mentoring program’s efficacy qualitatively and quantitatively

Engineering Librarian

Paula C Johnson's picture
Paula C Johnson
Contact:
Main Library A403
520-621-9862
Subjects:Engineering

Welcome to the LFA Mentoring Program!

Glad you are here. Please read about the purpose and work of the committee in the box to your left. This libguide is the place to find information we hope will facilitate productive mentor/mentee relationships. Logistically, once the mentor/mentee matches are made, you will want to start with setting up a first meeting where you can fill out the University Libraries Faculty Mentor Partnering Agreement (also found in left column).

The Agreement gives you latitude to design a relationship that best works for the both of you. Talk through each part of the agreement, so you are both very clear about expectations and responsibilities. You do not need to file a copy of the completed agreement with the Committee, but if you are willing to share, Lara Miller (Analytics & Assessment Librarian), would collect anonymized data on common goals and guidelines that pairs establish. Such information will be used to inform programming and the type of support the committee offers.

This guide is also the place to find copies of workshop materials. Content overall, will not remain static, so check back periodically. If you have any suggestions for material you wish to see included here, please send it to one of the LFA Mentoring Committee Members:

Best wishes!

LFA Mentoring Agreement

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity offers on-demand access to  mentoring, tools, and support you need to be successful in the Academy. UA has an institutional membership so you can join at no cost to you.

Tips and Pointers

Advantages and disadvantages of the different mentoring styles

  • Formal or Classic
  • Informal
  • Peer
  • Group or Team
  • Faculty Writing Groups
  • Workshops & Colloquia

Diversity issues in mentoring

  • Less access to mentors
  • Differences in importance of mentoring
  • Higher rates of turnover
  • Inequalities in academia
  • Race and gender may matter
  • Similarities do not guarantee success
  • Need for sensitivity

Avoiding negative mentoring relationships - 5 factors of negative mentoring

  • Poor match within the dyad
  • Distancing behavior
  • Manipulative behavior
  • Lack of mentor expertise
  • General dysfunctionality