Effective Strategies for Mentoring and Supervising Students

Mentoring is a critical aspect of a student’s academic progress and her/his development into a profession or career. A mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person” (Merriam- Webster Dictionary, 2015). Mentoring happens when we encourage growth, provide critical feedback, and help a student seek his/her potential. It’s not just sending and receiving information between people, but deliberate efforts to effect growth. Mentoring can be seen in the relationship between a student and instructor, a McNair scholar and mentor, an athlete and coach, and a student worker and supervisor.

It is critical that a mentor identify and utilize strategies for mentoring, reflecting an intentionality on the student and her/his growth. I invite you to take a look at ideas shared by Dr. Rebecca Fawns-Justeson, Assistant Professor of Education, California State University – Chico at http://www.nea.org/home/53433.htm. She provides various examples of mentoring students to achieve even while faced with low-performance anxieties, family trauma, and career anguish.

Below are the presentation materials and additional resources from the "Effective Strategies for Mentoring Students” session that was held Thursday, September 24, 2015.

UW-Superior Mentoring Program Handbook

This Mentoring Handbook has been developed to assist you in your mentoring relationship by providing guidelines to help you complete designated objectives. The handbook will take you step-by-step through your mentoring relationship -- from the initial meeting with your mentee or mentor to the evaluation of your experience when it concludes.

Supervisor Responsibility Check List

This check list provides guidance when preparing for the start of a new employee, from the weeks leading up to the first day, the welcome packet, daily action steps days 1 - 3, Week 1 and Month 1.

Gender Equity Resource Center Manual

UW-Superior’s Gender Equity Programs work to create a safe environment within the campus community in which the following occurs:

  • Exploration of diverse gender roles
  • Education about gender and sexuality
  • Advocacy of equity for people of varying ages, economic statuses, cultural backgrounds, races, physical abilities, genders, and sexual identities.

This manual help guide program staff in collaboration with many departments and student organizations to provide programs and resources that empower students of all genders and sexual identities to have a successful college experience.