141 SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Library Faculty Mentoring Program
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♦ Be open to new ideas.
♦ Communicate effectively and respectfully.
♦ Give and receive constructive feedback.
♦ Create and work toward a professional goal.
♦ Plan and devise action steps to achieve goals.
♦ Maintain professional standards.
♦ Avoid over-commitment.
♦ Stay positive in the face of setbacks.
♦ Keep trust levels high through discretion and confidentiality.
♦ Share knowledge willingly.
♦ Contribute to a collaborative environment
♦ Keep an appropriate perspective.
♦ Maintain a sense of humor.
♦ Appreciate the time constraints of colleagues.
♦ Honor your agreements in a timely fashion.
In addition to the above, the following expectations/roles apply specifically to protégés:
♦ Cultivate multiple mentors depending on need.
♦ Ask for and accept help when needed.
♦ Show initiative and take responsibility for own learning.
♦ Understand that professional growth is a process that takes time.
♦ Pay attention to your tenure clock.
♦ Initiate meetings.
The following expectations/roles apply specifically to mentors:
♦ Assist protégés in making plans and setting action steps to achieve goals.
♦ Convey genuine interest in helping.
♦ Perform gatekeeper function to open doors for protégés.
♦ Question accepted practice, including your own.
♦ Do not “pull rank”.