Research Studies and Literature

Why Do It? Perspectives on Impact of Mentors

A growing body of research on mentors has shown correlation to greater salary, greater promotion rates, and stronger subjective career success for mentors (Allen, Lentz and Day 2006).  Good mentoring was most associated with the mentor’s career success, organizational commitment, and job performance (Ghosh and Reio 2013). This evidence points to the ways in which mentoring reflects the success of mid- and senior-level faculty and their ability to serve as role-models as well as the culture of commitment that it signals to the junior faculty member—all of which are values of great importance to aspiring young faculty. 

The following is an annotated bibliography of key studies and literature on mentoring. (Last updated October 2019.)