Mentoring: Some ethical considerations
- Dr. Vivian Weil
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To counter confusion about the term ‘mentor’, and address concerns about the scarcity of mentoring, I argue for an “honorific” definition, according to which a mentor is virtuous like a saint or hero. Given the unbounded commitment of mentors, mentoring relationships must be voluntary. In contrast, the role of advisor can be specified, mandated, and monitored. I argue that departments and research groups have a moral responsibility to devise a system of roles and structures to meet graduate students’ and postdoctoral fellows’ needs for information and advice.
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- Mentoring: Some ethical considerations
Science and Engineering Ethics
Volume 7, Issue 4 , pp 471-482
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- role model
- ethical duty
- collective responsibility
- research group
- ethical standards
- Dr. Vivian Weil (1)
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- 1. Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3101 South Dearborn, 60616-3793, Chicago, IL, USA