New Mentors

New to the Mentor Program?

Things to keep in mind:

  • Set your quarterly meetings up in advance, at the very beginning of the quarter, or even just before the quarter starts. That way they are on your calendar and you will have an easier time actually meeting up with each other. If you set them as you go, schedules get crowded and mentoring can fall to the bottom of the list.
  • You have a budget of $200 to spend throughout the year. Go to lunch, see a play, get your nails done, take your spouses out on the town, go hiking and get some gear for the trip. Anything within reason is up for grabs! Please be mindful that the maximum amount per person for meals is: breakfast: $12; lunch: $18; dinner: $36. Failure to not stay within the meal funding amounts may result in not receiving funding.                    
  • You must turn in all receipts to the Faculty Life Office. Receipts MUST be the original, physical copy, with a detailed list of items purchased. No alcohol can be purchased using SPU money. Receipts must be submitted within 30 days. Receipts turned in after 60 days for reimbursement will be charged tax for the expense.

Direct any and all questions regarding your mentor funding to

The suggested topics are just that—suggestions! However, most of the writings on higher-ed mentoring list these as important attributes for a mentoring program. You don’t need to be an expert—just share what works for you and what you learned from your own history, practice, and mistakes.