Office of the Vice President for Academic Personnel

Benefits of Mentoring

For the Protégé

  • Constructive criticism and informal feedback facilitates development of increased competencies and stronger interpersonal skills.
  • Enhances confidence and offers challenges to set higher goals, take risks and achieve at higher levels.
  • Knowledge of formal and informal rules and expectations for advancement.
  • Knowledge of university procedures.
  • Advice on scholarship and teaching.
  • Individual recognition and encouragement.
  • Psychosocial support.
  • Advice on balancing range of academic, professional and administrative responsibilities.

For the Mentor

  • Development of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fosters leadership and teaching skills.
  • Satisfaction in assisting in colleague development.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and commitment.
  • Development of a network of colleagues.

For Departments/Institutions

  • More positive organizational climate and clearer understanding of professional responsibilities and expectations.
  • Reduced attrition rates.
  • Promotes culture of cooperation and cohesion.
  • Increased productivity and satisfaction of protégé.
  • Research atmospheres in which mentoring is present are less likely to have scientific misconduct.
  • Important tool for building diversity.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill

Page contents adapted from the University of Toronto Faculty Mentorship Program.