Cumberland University

Mentor Expectations

The following are guidelines that will help you to have a successful mentoring partnership and a positive impact in your mentee's life.

Maintain regular contact.  Mentors and mentees are encouraged to be in contact at least once a month during the mentoring term. Conversations may occur over the phone, via Facetime (or similar software), email, and/or in person when possible. 

Set clear and realistic goals. Mentors are encouraged to help students think about and work towards personal, academic and career goals. It is also important for mentors to consider their own goals for the relationship.

Be responsive.  Both mentors and mentees are expected to return calls and e-mails in a timely manner (e.g. within two business days). If your mentee is not responsive please contact alumni@cumberland.edu.

Provide feedback.  It is important that feedback is candid and delivered in a thoughtful and constructive way.  Help your mentee learn how to receive and respond to feedback by modeling the behavior through open discussion.

Facilitate self-reflection and self-development.  Ask thought-provoking questions to help your mentee understand and articulate his or her motivations, accomplishments, weaknesses, etc.  Employ active listening as a way to develop questions to ask your mentee. 

Honor commitments.  If a mentoring conversation must be cancelled it is expected that you and your mentee will do your best to communicate in advance of the meeting and reschedule.  If you decide to remove yourself from the program, it is expected, that you will honor partnerships in progress.  If circumstances prohibit you or your mentee from participating in the program prior to the end of a term, each party must agree to notify their mentoring partner and one of the AMP coordinators. 

Evaluate. At the end of each semester, both participants will be required to complete an evaluation form.

*Note: Mentors are not expected to offer internships or jobs.