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Mentoring Program

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Mentoring Program Handbook

An essential, yet underestimated, factor in professional development is the alliance formed between mentors ("seasoned" professional) and mentees (novice professional). Such alliances build bridges which reach far beyond mutual sharing of work related information. The purpose of the N4A Mentoring Program is to provide the membership with:

  • A service that might not otherwise be available through campus or local community resources directed at professional development;
  • A vehicle for communication and collaboration which develops an ethos of collegiality and bridge building;
  • A means to increase involvement in the Association; and,
  • A means to enhance satisfaction with the Association.

Because career development is an essential component of the N4A, the mentor/mentee program provides a means by which to access leads to such things as research literature, model programs and interventions, program evaluation tools, national clearingshouse and consortiums, and many other resources. Mentors can be a valuable resource to new professionals by offering answers to questions about how to direct and manage academic support programs, how to communicate with coaches, faculty and staff, and how to decipher and apply NCAA rules and regulations. By no means should a mentee's expectations be limited to just those things mentioned here. Of course, the quality of the relationship built between the mentor and mentee will determine how and in what ways professional growth will occur.

Consider Webster's definition of "mentor": A trusted counselor or guide; a tutor or coach. What a better way to continue refining your leadership competencies and skills than to assist a fellow colleague. The association's strength resides on the expertise of the membership. The knowledge you share may have large dividends on the welfare of not only our profession, but also the student-athletes and institutions we all serve. Depending on the type of relationship you build and your level of involvement whith your mentee, a mentor may receive:

  • Another perspective on student-athletes and programs that service them;
  • An opportunity to assist in the development of a new program;
  • Firsthand notice of employment opportunities;
  • Development of leadership skills;
  • Another experience to add to your resume or vitae; and,
    A friend.

Contact Information

Nicole Alderson
Florida Atlantic University
Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence
Tom Oxley Athletic Center
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-3910 (office)
(561) 297-0382 (fax)
nalderson@fau.edu