Mentor-Protégé Program

The Mentor-Protégé Program creates mentoring relationships between selected Communication students (majors, minors, and master's) and a member of the department's National Advisory Council. The relationship is one in which an experienced professional (mentor) guides, coaches, and teaches a less experienced student or young professional (protégé). Mentoring is expected benefit all involved: the mentor, the protégé, the organization(s), as well as the culture supporting the relationship.


 

Active Pairings

Council member
Ted Birkhahn
Haley Beckel Council member
Kyle Rees
Chris DuRant
Council member
Dana Bolden
Celie Shankman Council member
Linda Rutherford
Sydney Godet
Council member
Mark Dole
Jake Peterson Council member
Matt Simeon
Sophie Vick
Council member
Jim Hickey
Sam Weinick &
Nick Jeffcoat
Executive Advisor
Jeannie Bunton
Mary Grace Colburn
Council member
Aaron Hite
April Silva Executive Advisor
David Campbell
Laurie Fogleman
Council member
Carrie Kurlander
Megan Llewellyn Executive Advisor &
Lifetime member
Steve Cody
Eternity Hunter
Council member
Michael Moore
Audrey Matthews Executive Advisor
Keith Lindenburg
Jamarcus Hunter
Council member
Topper Ray
Erin Sentowski


 

 

 

 

Student Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The mentoring relationship is one in which an experienced professional (mentor) guides, coaches, and teaches a less experienced student or young professional (protégé). 

Mentoring must benefit all involved: the mentor, the protégé, the organization(s), as well as the culture supporting the relationship.

Responsibilities of Mentor

  • First Meeting, held in conjunction with the National Advisory Council meetings on-campus.
  • Agree on short and long term goals for the protégé. 
  • Communicate frequently (3-5 contacts/semester, either by phone or in person).
  • Be available to your protégé as needed.
  • Provide sound advice, coaching, teaching and inspiration to your protégé.
  • Track your protégé's progress toward their academic and professional goals.
  • Complete assessment process at the end of each semester.

Responsibilities of Protégé

  • Prior to meeting your mentor, polish and update your resume and/or LinkedIn materials.
  • Meet with your mentor during on-campus National Advisory Council meetings (usually in March and October).
  • Contact your mentor monthly.
  • Research your mentor’s company, bio, outside interests, etc.
  • Engage in proactive dialogue and ask informed questions.
  • Complete an assessment process at the end of each semester.

Assessment Process

  • Complete online survey.
  • Conduct the end-semester interview with the Department of Communication Event Coordinator or Executive in Residence.
  • Discuss between mentor and protégé what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve the mentorship, especially at the mid-term and end-semester points.