Faculty Research Advisor's Roles & Responsiblities

Mentoring is one of the oldest practices in our society that encourages human growth on a broad and diverse spectrum. Mentoring has been more commonly revered in the workforce as a necessity for upward mobility. Rarely has a healthy relationship between a parent and a child been viewed as one of a faculty research advisor and student; however, the principles taught by parents or guardians are what shape the individual. Reflect for a moment on the following questions. Do not spend time focusing on the external, but on the developments or changes that occurred within you.

  • Who shared with you a quote that has great meaning for you, influenced your thinking or behavior, and prompted you to share it with others?
  • Who helped you uncover an aspect, ability or a talent of yours that until it was brought to your attention had lain dormant?

The Role of a Faculty Research Advisor

  • Establish high expectations for personal, social, and academic performance
  • Challenge the student's plan for success
  • Motivate the student to accomplish both short and long term goals
  • Listen to concerns and make the appropriate referrals when applicable
  • Empower the student to take responsibility for personal, social, and academic success
  • Foster self-confidence
  • Model positive attitude and behaviors
  • Explain the rules and regulations of the mentoring program
  • Facilitate critical thinking opportunities
  • Formulate goals and assign tasks for the duration of the mentoring relationship
  • Offer kind words as a source of inspiration
  • Confront inappropriate behavior and attitudes
  • Support the University's retention initiatives
  • Assist the student with establishing personal and professional contacts
  • Maintain have a positive attitude, character and integrity

The Responsibilities of a Faculty Research Advisor

  • Faculty research advisors informally or formally teach students how to acquire the skills necessary for successful performance at school and work
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors provide guidance and wisdom based on their level of competence and experience. Mentors also refer students when the concern presented is outside of the faculty reseacrh advisors's expertise
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors reinforce the positive decisions of their students by serving as a sounding board and sharing encouraging words
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors facilitate lines of open communication
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors serve as the students' role model, friend and confidant
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors participate in training and in-service activities to stay abreast of effective mentoring practices
  • Faculty reseacrh advisors confront the negative behaviors and attitudes exhibited by the students, when applicable.