Mentee Checklist

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LOGISTICS (Prior to First Meeting)

Contact the mentor, exchange phone numbers, email information, office hours, etc.
Update and send CV to mentor
Review the checklist and prepare to discuss the topics listed
Prepare questions and other topics to address with mentor
Schedule a time for the first meeting with the mentor

GENERAL (First Meeting and as Needed)

Get to know the mentor on a personal level
Discuss CV with mentor and consider reviewing mentor's CV
Discuss the Student and Faculty Handbooks along with other appropriate Policies and Procedures
Discuss useful campus resources for faculty
Discuss information technology support (e.g., Blackboard, library databases, etc.)
Discuss time management, setting priorities, balancing career and family
Discuss the culture of the Department and School (e.g., expectations for collegiality, participation in seminars and workshops, importance of maintaining a presence on campus, etc.)
Discuss establishment of a professional network (both within and outside the School and University) and how to gain visibility
Discuss review criteria and procedures for performance and promotion and tenure reviews including annual merit salary, third year (mid-tenure) and other promotion and tenure reviews as applicable
Discuss format for promotion and tenure document
Discuss summer salary support procedures
Schedule ongoing future meetings with the mentor

TEACHING (First or Second Meeting and Ongoing Meetings)

Discuss the courses that will be taught (overview, first class materials/activities etc.)
Discuss the characteristics of students that will be teaching
Discuss possible approaches to teaching including strategies, creative innovations and time management while teaching
Discuss teaching philosophy and specific goals for teaching
Discuss the promotion and tenure procedures and process related to teaching
Discuss the process for evaluation of teaching
Discuss support for teaching (such as syllabi, lecture notes, slides, and cases) as needed
Discuss and schedule a time for the mentor to observe teaching; also consider observing the mentor's class
Discuss feedback on teaching based on in-class evaluation and review of course materials
Consider having mentor read papers before submission
Consider asking mentor to assist with finding TAs (if applicable)

DISCOVERY / SCHOLARSHIP (First or Second Meeting and Ongoing Meetings)

Discuss Institutional Review Board procedures for researchers
Discuss research opportunities including grants, manuscripts, and publications
Discuss the process of submitting a research proposal
Discuss specific research ideas and goals; setup a plan of action to complete research including a funding strategy
Develop a list of conferences and meetings to target along with relevant deadlines
Identify top tier journals for the department and discuss becoming a reviewer
Discuss internal and external support mechanisms for research including offering to assist with finding RAs (if applicable)

ONGOING MEETINGS (Schedule Regularly)

Discuss with the mentor how you are doing and you they feel (professionally and personally)
Review teaching goals and objectives and address any concerns with mentor
Review research goals and timelines and address any concerns with mentor
Discuss and outline timelines and goals for both teaching and research moving forward
Discuss any other topics or issues of concern with mentor
Continually update CV and promotion and tenure document

REVIEW (Final Meeting)

Discuss progress and receive feedback on overall goals, teaching goals, and research goals
Discuss a plan of action for areas of improvement and projects to be continued
Discuss end of semester procedures including grading

*Adapted from Austin Community College Mentorship Program and the USCMarshall Mentoring Checklist

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