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Changing Mentors

In cases of changing commitments, incompatibility or where the relationship is not mutually fulfilling, the new faculty member or mentor should seek advice from the Department Chair, Associate Dean or Dean. It is important to realize that changes can and should be made without prejudice or fault.¬† Discuss the possibility of changes with mentors during the first meeting. Changing mentors should be considered if the mentor is uninterested in the program, discourages or undervalues the new faculty member’s abilities, indicates conflict of interest or form of prejudice, or simply appears to be incompatible. The need for another mentor should be fulfilled on behalf of the new faculty person. As well, s/he can be encouraged to seek out and/or identify other possible new mentors (Chesler and Chesler 2002; Massachusetts Institue of Technology, 2006; and National Academy of Engineering, 2006).

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