Faculty Mentoring Program

West Chester University

Contact Info
Office: 210C Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-1059
Email: FMP Committee Chair

Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities of both mentors and mentees

  • Attend a one time orientation in early spring
  • Establish a regular meeting schedule for spring
    • Make a commitment to meeting at least once a month
    • Consider more meetings, if you choose
    • Make a commitment to promptly responding to emails, phone calls, and/or requests for additional meetings
    • Show up for meetings
    • Come prepared with an agenda
  • Complete evaluation forms at the end of each year
  • Recommended topics to discuss:
    • yearly professional development goals; Teaching; Research/scholarship/creative activities; Student advisement; Grant writing; Service/committee issues
    • tenure and promotion issues
    • university policies
    • campus climate/policies

  • Both parties create a productive experience for onr calendar yuear; renewable on a yearly calendar basis.

    Key in the mentoring relationship is both the mentor and mentee understand mentoring is voluntary and the "obligations" of both are not contractual but based on the desire to help and receive guidance. In short, the relationship is not binding but for mutual benefit and improvement. Both should therefore agree:

  • There must be an environment free of the fear of disappointment or punishment
  • Goals and expectations must be mutual but some expectations may go unfulfilled
  • The relationship must be based on mutual respect, confidentiality, commitment to the "partnership" and to performance excellence
  • It is the responsibility of the mentee to show initiative, take risks and assume responsibility
  • It is the responsibility of the mentor to assist, help and support the mentee
  • Both parties must want the relationship to work, to improve personally and the organization collectively
  • To keep the relationship on a professional level. Exchange of information will occur but mentors are there to help a mentee navigate the nuances of the organizational structure – not to become a personal confidant.