IMPLEMENTATION TOOLKIT

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 four types of resources in this toolkit: (1) Student-Advisor Expectations Scales; (2) Written Mentor-Mentee Agreements; (3) Doctoral Student Progress Towards Degree Worksheets; and (4) Mentor Evaluation Resources.

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.

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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.

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DOCTORAL STUDENT PROGRESS TOWARDS DEGREE WORKSHEET & GUIDES

The Graduate School requires all doctoral students to have yearly progress towards degree meetings.

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MENTOR AND MENTEE EVALUATION FORMS

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