As per the Guidelines for Graduate Student Mentoring Advising, we are providing a set of resources for support units, faculty and graduate students as they implement best practices to optimize mentoring relationships at MSU. This toolkit incorporates materials that will be relevant for a wide variety of disciplines.
There are five types of resources in this toolkit: (1) Student-Advisor Expectations Scales; (2) Written Mentor-Mentee Agreements; (3) Doctoral Student Progress Towards Degree Worksheets; (4) Mentor Evaluation Resources, and (5) general resources on diversity & inclusion in graduate education.
In each section, there are worksheets, models (from others), and scholarly articles for your use.
STUDENT-ADVISOR EXPECTATION SCALES
One of the most important things mentors and protegees can do at the beginning and throughout the relationship is to continually align expectations. Faculty and students may have a difficult time having a frank discussion with one another about their relationship. Student-advisor expectations scales like the one below contain useful prompts for these conversations.
Original from Ingrid Moses, 1985, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Adapted by Margaret Kiley and Kate Cadman, 1997, Centre for Learning & Teaching, Univ. of Technology, Sydney. Further adapted by Chris M. Golde, 2010, Stanford University.
WRITTEN MENTOR-MENTEE AGREEMENTS
Written Mentor-Mentee Agreements serve to codify expectations once they have been discussed. The types of expectations that can be addressed in mentor-mentee written agreements are unlimited.
- Sample Agreements Co-Developed by Graduate Students & Faculty Members
- Sample Agreements Developed by Graduate Advisor or Lab Director
- Sample Agreements - College and/or University-Level
DOCTORAL STUDENT PROGRESS TOWARDS DEGREE WORKSHEET & GUIDES
The Graduate School requires all doctoral students to have yearly progress towards degree meetings.
MENTOR AND MENTEE EVALUATION FORMS
Article Highlight (Worksheet): Mentoring Competency Assessment - Mentee Self Reflection
Diversity & Inclusion in Graduate Education