Mentoring Fundamentals

Overview of Mentoring: What is it?
Mentoring is a partnership between two people which supports a professional and personal development approach in which an experienced ISU employee (mentor) assists another ISU employee (mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge. The mentee will be rewarded with a relationship that can guide their career, provide social and political skills, and assist them in building their careers with their own style and creativity, using the skills and knowledge gleaned from their association with their mentor.

Diversity and Mentoring

In today’s world racial, cultural and gender diversity in the workplace is a necessity in order to remain competitive in a global environment. Mentoring is a powerful tool to support and engage employees that add to the richness of diversity at ISU.


Benefits and Responsibilities of the Mentee

  • Expands personal networks
  • Increases self-awareness, confidence and discipline
  • Potential of accelerated development and growth
  • Positive and constructive feedback on personal and professional development issues
  • Helps to acclimate the mentee to his or her job and ISU culture more quickly
  • Helps employees feel more in touch with the university socially and professionally
  • Results in a greater awareness of organizational politics and culture
  • Be open to receiving feedback and coaching
  • Takes responsibility for own professional growth and development
  • Keeps commitments agreed to with mentor
  • Renegotiates the mentoring relationship when personal or professional needs change
  • Seeks challenging assignments and new responsibilities


Benefits and Responsibilities of the Mentor

  • Represents making a difference to the mentor, profession and ISU
  • Introduces the mentee to ISU culture
  • Develops new professional relationship
  • Provides the fulfillment and satisfaction of helping others
  • Increases experience and skills for career development
  • Assists mentee in formulating career vision with short-term and long-term strategic goals and timelines
  • Teaches mentee about a specific issue
  • Coaches mentee on a specific area. Areas could include teaching, leadership, goals, and timelines
  • Facilitates mentee’s development by sharing resources and networks
  • Challenges mentee to move beyond their comfort zone
  • Creates a safe learning environment
  • Focuses on the mentee’s overall development


Mentoring relationships are normally formed in the fall session and run throughout the year; however, we have created partnerships several times outside of this schedule. If interested, please contact Stacey Marshall at 282-3081 or


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