All junior faculty are paired with senior faculty mentors who can provide guidance and advice. Departmental guidelines are as follows:

Responsibilities and Suggestions for Mentors

  • Be available for assistance in a timely manner
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Answer questions and provide advice related to:
    • time management and setting prioritie
    • structure and culture of department
    • management of laboratory personnel issues
    • negotiating the grant review process at relevant agencies
    • when/how to appropriately contact journal editors to facilitate publication
    • professional advancement
    • expectations of the department and university to successfully achieve tenure; help in developing a course of action to achieve these goals
  • Provide support and feedback for teaching
    • Attend course lectures annually, and provide constructive pointers
    • Write letter to department chair annually summarizing mentee’s teaching
  • Provide grant and manuscript advice (read manuscript and grant proposal drafts)
  • Positively advance mentee’s career
    • If possible, especially if in the same field, suggest/arrange venues for speaking engagements (conferences, specific academic institutions)
    • When appropriate, nominate for awards
  • Annual meeting with mentee to evaluate progress

Responsibilities and Suggestions for Mentees

  • Ask for help when it’s needed
  • Don’t rely solely on your formal mentor (BU has lots of resources and helpful people with different expertise)
  • Seek feedback on personnel management
  • Prepare grant proposals with sufficient time to permit incorporation of constructive criticism from others
  • Seize opportunities to establish positive contacts with significant players in your field, and with grant agency personnel and journal editors
  • Take responsibility for career advancement and obtaining necessary feedback for understanding expectations
  • Ask mentor to go to lunch once per semester