Who, What, How and Why of Mentoring Award Nominations
Who is a Mentor?
- A scholar with demonstrated success in the areas they mentor.
- Accessibility and personal commitment to the scholars.
- Evidence of sustained commitment (two years or more) to mentoring that resulted in career development of 3-5 or more mentees.
- Supporting the growth of each mentee's academic career and the missions and goals of KUMC.
- Offering guidance for mentees to move toward establishing independence in their careers.
- Teaching the values, rules and operating procedures in academic medicine, such as how the merit and promotion system works and helping mentee's advance to the next level.
- Helping mentee's to developing and sustain a network of professional colleagues who can offer advice, training and help.
What to include in the Nomination Letter
- For current or past mentees, a testimonial of what he/she has meant to you while establishing your career.
- Give specific examples of goals attained, projects completed, promotions, grants or awards earned, obstacles overcome, and anything else you feel is attributable to the mentorship.
- Examples of specific behaviors and mentoring interactions, and how these have been significant in your work.
- If you are a colleague or chair of the candidate, a testimonial of what you believe mentoring relationships have meant to the candidate's mentees.
- Colleagues and chairs are also encouraged to provide known examples of successes.
How to Document the Mentor's Achievements
Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:
- Through letters of support, highlight the achievements of those mentored.
- Publications, awards, and professional successes of mentee as a result of the mentorship.
- Through letters of support and/or the nominee's CV, show mentor/mentee's collaboration and participation in meetings, conferences, committees, or presentations.
- Through letters of support and/or the nominee's CV, show mentee's success in grant awards, publications, and/or achieving promotion due to the guidance of the mentor.
- Statements of support from deans, chairs, center directors and/or division chiefs.
Start (and end) with Why
Trouble getting started? Start with why you are nominating your mentor. Here are a few ideas that may help.
- What do you value most about the mentorship?
- How do you find the mentorship rewarding?
- As the result of your mentorship, how has your knowledge base, skills, techniques, or methods changed?
- Does your mentor observe you in a teaching, research, or patient care situations to provide feedback on these skills?
- Have you had success with grant applications, developing research ideas or writing manuscripts because of your mentor's guidance?
- As the result of the mentorship, have you accomplished something that you may not have previously attempted?
- How does your mentor guide you to reach your independent goals?
- What is the most beneficial change you identify in yourself as a result of the mentorship?
- Does your mentor facilitate your participation in professional activities outside of the institution (regional, state, national organizations)?
- How does your mentor help you create a network of peers and advisors?
- Does your mentor act as your advocate within the department or division?
In Conclusion: Why do you feel your mentor deserves this award over all the other candidates?