At the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, all postdocs/assistant professors will be offered a mentor (in Danish also known as “adjunktvejleder”). The mentors will support postdocs/assistant professors in their professional development as researchers and teachers, as well as their integration in the department.
The mentor should be a senior member of the department’s academic staff. For postdocs financed by external funds, the project owner can be mentor, but other senior staff members are also available. The vice head of department helps postdocs/assistant professors find mentors and approves them.
A mentor has two main responsibilities: supporting the academic development of the postdoc/assistant professor and mentoring in matters related to personal development.
The nature of the mentoring will depend on the exact employment of the postdoc/assistant professor in terms of how many teaching obligations they have and whether they are employed in an externally funded project.
The vice head of department is responsible for the overall well-being of the group, including staff development talks. Any major problems and challenges should be referred to her/him. This includes:
The mentor is not “responsible” for the postdoc/assistant professor in the way a PhD supervisor is, and there is no reporting etc. The mentor and the postdoc/assistant professor are mutually responsible for settling on a suitable mode of dialogue. However, mentoring is an offer to postdocs/assistant professors and should be driven by their needs and interests; this includes the frequency of meetings.
A mentor should be found as soon as possible after the postdocs/assistant professor has started at the department, and a first meeting should take place within the first weeks thereafter.