University at Albany

Mentoring Best Practices

A Handbook



Downloadable forms for developing effective mentoring relationships

Sources used for this Handbook

Bibliography for additional Reading

Forms for developing effective mentoring relationships

  • Planning for and Defining a Mentoring Relationship (Word / PDF)
  • Mentoring activities and Topics (Word / PDF)
  • Goals Reflection for Mentees (Word / PDF)
  • Short and long term goals-Mentees (Word / PDF)
  • Partnering agreement- Mentees (Word / PDF)
  • Partnering agreement- Mentors (Word / PDF)

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Sources used for this Handbook

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

Chronicle of Higher Education, (April 18, 2008), “Wisconsin's Flagship Is Raided for Scholars,” p. A19

Emory University Passages Program

Felder, Richard and Rebecca Brent, (2003). Helping New Faculty Get off to a Good Start: Council for Chemical Research 24th Annual Meeting

Free Management Library

Moody, JoAnn, (2004). Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions: Routledge Press.

The Faculty Mentoring Program for Women, University of Texas at El Paso

University of California Recruitment and Retention of Faculty Handbook

University of Manitoba, University Teaching Services:

University of Michigan ADVANCE

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts Junior Faculty Mentoring Program

University of Washington Toolkit

Valian, Virginia, (1998). Why so Slow? The Advancement of Women, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Office of Faculty Development, Mutual Mentoring Guide, University of Massachusetts at Amherst,

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Bibliography for additional Reading

Bensimon, E.M, Ward, K. and Sanders, K. (2000) The Department Chair's Role in Developing New Faculty Into Teachers and Scholars. Bolton, MA: Anker

Boice, R. (1991) "Quick Starters: New Faculty Who Succeeded." In M. Theall, and R. Franklin (Eds) Effective Practices for Improving Teaching. (pp 111-121). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Boice, R. (1992) The New Faculty Member: Supporting and Fostering Professional Development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Boice, R. (2000) Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon

Caplan, Paula J. (1993) Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Diamond, R. (1995) Preparing for Promotion and Tenure Review: A faculty guide. Bolton, MA: Anker

Goldsmith, J.A., Komlos, J. & Gold, P.S. (2001) The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: a portable mentor for scholars from graduate school through tenure. Chicago, Illinois:University of Chicago Press

Gmelch, W.H., and Miskin, v. D. (1995) Chairing an Academic Department. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Gmelch, W.H. (1993) Leadership Skills for Department Chairs. Bolton, MA: Anker

Murray, M. (1991). Beyond the myths and magic of mentoring: How to facilitate an effective mentoring program. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Plata, M. (1996). Retaining ethnic minority faculty at institutions of higher education. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 23, 221-227.

Quinlan, K.M. (1999). Enhancing mentoring and networking of junior academic women: What, why, and how? Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 21(1), 31-42.

Sandler, Bernice R. (1995) "Women as Mentors: Myths and Commandments." Educational Horizons, 105-107.

Sands, R. H., L. A. Parson and J. Duane. (1991)"Faculty Mentoring Faculty in a Public University." Journal of Higher Education 62:2:174-93.

Schoenfeld, A. Clay and Robert Magnan. (1994) Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing,

Schuster, J.H. and Wheeler, D.W. (Eds.) (1990) Enhancing Faculty Careers: strategies for development and renewal. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Smith, Judith O. et al. (2001) "Peer Networking as a Dynamic Approach to Supporting New Faculty." Innovative Higher Education 25:197-207.

Sorcinelli, Mary Deane and Ann E. Austin. (1992) Developing New and Junior Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers,

Toth, Emily. (1997) Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press

Tucker, A. (1991). Chairing the Academic Department: Leadership among peers. (2nd ed.) New York, NY: ACE/ORYX

Turner, C.S.V., & Myers, Jr., S.M. (2000). Faculty of color in academe: Bittersweet success. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Valian, Virginia. (1999). Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press

Washington, Paula and Diane Scott. The Womentor Guide: Leadership for a New Millennium. Traverse City, MI: Sage Creek Press, 1999.

Wunsch, M. A. (ed) (1994) Mentoring Revisited: making and impact on individuals and institutions.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Wunsch, M. A. (1996): "Giving Structure to Experience: Mentoring Strategies for Women Faculty." Initiatives 56.1 :1-10.

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