Considering mentorship in an era of uncertainty: Opinion


In a recent article for the , David D Perlmutter (Texas Tech University) discusses strategies for finding good mentors in times of change. Perlmutter writes that academics should avoid looking for a “universal” mentor who can provide advice in a variety of areas and instead find mentors who are experts in specific areas. The author also recommends that academics look for mutual mentors whom they can not only receive mentorship from, but also provide mentorship to in their own area of strength. Perlmutter encourages academics to understand the benefits of caring criticism, to recognize that negative mentoring can show academics what to avoid, and to be judicious in deciding what advice is useful.

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