The Faculty Handbook states that, “Mentoring is an important component of faculty responsibilities. Depending on the discipline, the research effort involves the supervision and mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, other faculty, and those occupying post-doctoral or other research positions. Such mentoring is also part of a faculty member’s teaching effort. Mentoring of junior faculty is a significant service responsibility of senior faculty members.”

To assist faculty with their mentoring responsibilities, each school and several central university units make available information on best practices and guidance for becoming more effective mentors.

General Mentoring Resources:


  • Resources for Department Chairs
    A compilation of contact information for people, offices, and programs with whom department chairs may interact regularly.
  • Best Practices for New Department Chairs
    Through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs held an orientation for new department chairs on September 13, 2012. The purpose of the event was to provide advice and suggestions from successful veteran department chairs to ensure a smoother transition of chairs into their new role. A panel of four experienced chairs, moderated by an academic dean, shared their advice and best practices on issues related to leadership and to management and administration. The topics covered were efficacy in a complex system, handling personnel issues, and managing multiple roles.
  • Tips on Mentoring for Department Chairs: Helping Faculty Pursue Funded Research.
    (USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching)


Below are some resources and best practices for mentors that can be adapted for personal use:



Last updated October 2022