Micro-mentoring is an innovative approach to mentoring that allows opportunities for individual faculty members to seek guidance from other faculty, from within or outside of their division or department, for a specific, well-defined need over a short period of time, typically one or two 1-hour long meetings. Faculty may seek mentoring on a number of professional development needs from a pool of mentors with diverse specialties and experiences to gain new, varied perspectives. Micro-mentors benefit from being able to provide guidance in an area of their mentoring specialty in a time-limited relationship, potentially supporting multiple mentees, including those within and outside of their division or department. The SMHS Micro-Mentoring Resource is intended to support faculty seeking mentoring, while complementing existing resources available at the department and division levels.
Topic Areas for Micro-Mentoring
Volunteers to serve as micro-mentors are solicited among full-time, regular faculty who have at least five (5) years of service to GW and are willing to provide short-term mentoring on their preferred area of mentoring specialty, for example:
- Mentor Participation
- The CFE seeks volunteers among faculty who are well-positioned to provide micro-mentoring on their preferred area of mentoring specialty. Micro-mentors are full-time, regular faculty with at least 5 years of service as a faculty member at GW and significant experience in clinical operations, administration, research or education that would bring expertise to the mentor role.
- Faculty mentees contact micro-mentors directly to set up individual consultations (one to two 1-hour long meetings)
- Micro-mentors may accept or decline a consultation request and may limit the number of faculty they are willing to mentor over a specified period of time.
- Micro-mentors are asked to note the frequency and general context of their micro-mentoring sessions every six (6) months.
- Mentee Participation
- Faculty who wish to receive micro-mentoring (mentees) are encouraged to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify an area(s) of developmental need.
- Mentees can use the Micro-Mentoring Database to search for one of the micro-mentor areas that best matches their area of need.
- The search will generate a list of micro-mentors with this area of mentoring specialty. Mentees should contact micro-mentors directly to set up individual consultations, which will typically last one-hour and occur one or two times, as agreed upon by the mentor and mentee.
- Mentors and mentees may use the Structuring a Micro-Mentoring Meeting checklists (below) to facilitate the meeting(s).
- Faculty receiving micro-mentoring are encouraged to voluntarily complete a confidential Micro-Mentor Feedback Form following each consultation.
- Requests for micro-mentoring in areas not listed in the database can be made directly to the Center for Faculty Excellence.
Micro-mentoring is a short-term, potentially one-time, meeting with a mentor with expertise in a specific area of developmental need identified by a mentee. Mentees may arrange multiple micro-mentoring meetings with different mentors as needs arise, and it is possible that micro-mentoring may lead to a long-term mentoring relationship, if agreed upon by both the mentor and mentee. Use this checklist to make each meeting productive.
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