Michael Messner

Photo by: Steve Cohn Photography
Photo by: Steve Cohn Photography

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Good mentoring is, at its core, not so much about telling people what they should do, but about being generous with one’s time.  While it is true that that one’s success ultimately will be judged by one’s teaching and research accomplishments, such success is never conjured in a social vacuum. 

Mentoring is a life-long process of mutual support among colleagues. When mentoring works this way, both parties benefit, helping to build not only careers, but also bonds of trust and support that create a foundation for a strong scholarly community.