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Selection of Academic Mentors
Faculty members select academic mentors by considering students they have been impressed with in class or advising settings. If needed, other faculty members in a department may have advisees to recommend. The program coordinator is also available to assist with mentor selection.
Effective academic mentors typically have the following characteristics:
Responsibilities of Academic Mentors
Broadly stated, academic mentors:
Specific responsibilities within each of these roles are determined by each faculty member depending on teaching style, class needs, and abilities of academic mentor. The descriptions below recommend mentor responsibilities that past faculty members have found beneficial.
Academic Mentor Position Descriptions for:
We highly recommend that academic mentor responsibilities are outlined in writing. The Academic Mentor Responsibilities Sheet can help faculty members do this. When determining the responsibilities of an academic mentor, consider the following questions:
Learning Objectives for Academic Mentors
The primary goal of the Student Academic Mentor program is to increase student learning and academic success among freshman, sophomore and transfer students. A secondary goal is to provide upper class students with opportunities to hone their interpersonal, academic, leadership and teaching skills while working as an academic mentor. Training provides by the program coordinator along with experience with the faculty member will help mentors meet these objectives.
Below are broad learning objectives for student academic mentors who participate in the program.
Academic mentors will be able to build relationships:
To role model interest in learning:
To offer academic resources:
To provide referrals: