USC Gould School of Law
New faculty have distinctive needs – for advice on how to thrive in the academy, for safe chances to experiment with ideas, and for friends who will listen patiently. All these are provided by mentors.
But new faculty also have needs that are not unique: for intellectual engagement of a kind that we all need, not just at the start of our careers, and not just from those with greater experience. Mentoring in this sense, of mutual intellectual exchange, is essentially just collegiality.