Changing Mentors

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A mentee should consider changing mentors under the following conditions in which the mentor is:

  1. clearly and consistently not making time to meet
  2. undervaluing you
  3. not meeting your mentoring needs
  4. displaying toxic behaviors:



  • undermining your abilities
  • demeaning towards you
  • taking credit for your work
  • unrealistic in expectations
  • inappropriate in behavior
  • provides only negative feedback
  • doesn't support independent efforts
  • intolerant
  • squelches your enthusiasm or initiatives
  • ambivalent or inattentive

For more information about toxic mentors, please see Negative Mentoring

Should you desire to be re-matched with a different mentor, contact the JUMP Manager, Diana Cornelison at x34222 or or your Departmental Mentoring Facilitator.


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Mary Lou Voytko, PhD
Program Director; Associate Dean, Faculty Development


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Program Manager


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