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Mentoring Resources

Mentoring services at UNC-Chapel Hill was designed to provide support mechanisms to ensure individual and departmental mentoring success. The service will also create readiness for mentoring within the entire institution, which will:

  • Support the goals of developing a vital and effective workforce
  • Accomplish individual and University goals

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an organizational practice in which people come together to transfer or develop a specific skill set. In the mentoring process, transformative learning and leveraging of experiences become gateways to individual and organizational growth and development. The actual practice of mentoring varies with the people participating in the process.
Mentoring takes place at all levels of an organization. Whether people engage in traditional one-on-one mentoring partnerships or engage in peer and team mentoring, the mentoring process invites participants to grow into their full potential, enriching the workplace and helping an organization improve. These partnerships can be conducted face-to-face or in a variety of forms, including distance learning, videoconferencing, emailing, and phone calls.

Benefits of Mentoring in a University Setting

  • Increased competency levels in accomplishing crucial work for departments and the University.
  • Personal and direct contributions to the career development of talented employees.
  • Accelerated leadership development to sharpen coaching, management, and communication skills (both for the mentor and the mentee), vital skills for successful leadership practices.
  • Increased organizational commitments and job satisfaction, demonstrated as renewed interest and vigor for work responsibilities which benefit the larger institution.
  • Heightened individual and organizational learning.
  • Stronger and more cohesive teams.

Creating a Mentoring Culture

UNC Chapel Hill encourages and supports a culture of learning and development for all employees. Each organization has a unique culture, a generally understood way that things are done and why they are done that way. The culture of an organization is rooted in behavior based on shared values, assumptions, practices, and processes. By embedding mentoring into the fabric and culture of an organization, value is added to the organization in the following ways:
  • Establishes ownership throughout the organization by holding everyone accountable for organizational learning and success.
  • Promotes shared responsibility.
  • Maximizes resources.
  • Facilitates use of expert knowledge and best practices.
  • Supports integration of key processes into the organization.
  • Fosters openness to learning.

Incorporating Mentoring Into Your Department

Mentoring can easily be incorporated into existing departmental operating procedures:
  • The employee’s Professional Development Plan can include goals and skill sets to be addressed through mentoring.
  • Mentoring can be used to bring new hires up to speed with departmental and University policies and procedures.
  • Mentoring is a natural way to begin succession planning.
  • Mentoring can be a cornerstone of individual career development planning.

How Organization & Professional Development Can Help

Organization & Professional Development is ready to help individuals, departments, and organizations realize goals through the use of mentoring. We provide:
  • Mentoring materials (see Related Subjects and Forms below).
  • Information about mentoring to promote a mentoring culture and educated University professionals.
  • Individual consultations to departments to develop and support mentoring efforts within the organization.
  • Organizational development programs custom designed to meet your mentoring needs.
Organization & Professional Development looks forward to encouraging and supporting your organization to establish and sustain a culture of mentoring and learning. Contact us at 962-2550 or training_development@unc.edu to inquire how our department can support your organizational mentoring objectives.

Related Subjects

What Makes a Good Mentor?