Many studies* show that university academics who have a mentor benefit from a higher level of satisfaction, better work conditions, faster promotions, better work-life balance, and stay with the same institution for longer.

Moreover, data collected by the CAL from participants of the mentoring program from 2008 to 2014 demonstrates that:

  • 96,7% believed that their mentor was competent
  • 93,4% thought their mentor was giving them constructive retroaction
  • 86% viewed their mentor has a resourceful person
  • More than 62% agreed that the mentoring relationship made them aware of the resources available to them
  • More than 62% found the experience made them feel more a part of the University

Whether you are a newly appointed tenure-track faculty member, associate or full professor, department chair or vice-dean, the Centre for Academic Leadership coordinates a Mentoring program which creates a link between tenure-track or tenured University of Ottawa faculty members (the mentees) and more experienced colleagues (the mentors). Mentors provide support, information and advice, and also share experiences that can help faculty better negotiate the demands of a complex and constantly changing academic world.

The Centre for Academic Leadership offers two types of programmes, individual mentoring and group mentoring.

*de Janasz, S.C., & Sullivan, S.E. (2004). Multiple mentoring in academic: Developing the professorial network. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64, 263-283.


  • "As a new prof, it's not easy to figure out what academic service options to volunteer for (given options). Thanks to my mentor I felt like I had a much better sense of what and how much service to seek out."
  • "Recently, it was my pleasure to write a warm thank-you note to my mentor for her help in writing my successful SSHRC proposal. I am sure that her guidance was critical to the success of my proposal. One of my tips for others going through this, especially for the first time, is to sign up for the mentorship program!"
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