Mentor Guidelines

Mentoring Circles Program – Guidelines for Mentors

For the mentoring program to succeed, both mentors and mentees must commit to establishing a partnership based on open communications and productive and proactive interactions.  

(Registration for the 2017/2018 Mentoring Circles is now closed)

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Identify your role as a mentor

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be a mentor 
  • Have a realistic assessment of your skills and experiences  
  1. Communicate your expectations

  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentees 
  • Clearly communicate those expectations 
  • Stay flexible in changing your expectations or plans 
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables 
  • Adapt your feedback to your mentee’s learning style 
  • Be realistic about setting timelines  
  1. Work together

  • Advise on what you know and admit the things you don’t know 
  • Recognize your mentee’s weaknesses and build on their strengths 
  • Offer constructive feedback 
  • Evaluate progress 
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience 

 Program Bylaws

  • Allow 2-3 hours of face-to-face meetings with your group once every 2 months. During the months that the group doesn’t meet encourage communication via email or phone. 
  • Be an active listener and engage the group in meaningful conversations about professional and personal development in line with the objectives and goals set during the orientation. 
  • Provide feedback using the evaluation surveys (when provided) to help assess and improve the mentoring program. 
  • Make efforts to attend the kick-off orientation session. 
  • All topics, items, or issues discussed must stay confidential within the circle.  


2017 AWIS-Chicago Innovator:
Ramille Shah, Ph.D
Northwestern University

2017 AWIS-Chicago Motivator:
Jini Ramprakash, MBA, M.Sc.
Argonne National Laboratory