An ASHA member in good standing with at least 3 professional years who is willing to commit time, serve as a resource or advisor and assist your mentee with meeting their goals.
Mentees/mentors are required to commit to exchanging regular communication with their mentor/mentee during the course of the program. It is okay to continue communicating beyond this period if both the mentee and mentor are agreeable.
Mentees and mentors should:
Complete and submit the enrollment form.
Mentees and mentors are matched based on a personal profile. The major criteria is based on the mentees area of study (audiology, speech-language pathology or speech, language and hearing science) clinical population, employment function, employment facility and specialty area (i.e. articulation, assistive listening devices, or multicultural aspects of practice). In addition, the mentees career goals may serve as a criteria factor. The mentee will be paired with a mentor who closely aligns with the students varied interests. We use many factors to make the best possible matches, however we are not able to match based on geographic location.
We estimate that mentors will spend an average of one hour per week mentoring, but this will vary depending on the pair.
ASHA assumes that participants in the program will abide the Code of Ethics and appropriate professional codes of conduct. Mentees and mentors will be asked to keep the messages they receive and sensitive information in confidence.
S.T.E.P. is designed to be an e-mentoring program (i.e., mentees and mentors will communicate via regular e-mail exchanges). Of course, mentees and mentors may make arrangements to meet at the ASHA Convention, state association conventions,or other professional meetings and social opportunities. Face-to-face meetings are not a formal part of the program but may have a positive influence on your mentoring relationship.
Please contact your mentoring coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not heard from your mentor/mentee, if you have questions or comments about your mentoring relationship, or if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of your mentoring relationship. We will help to re-connect you with your mentor/mentee, address your questions or comments, or re-match you with a different mentor/mentee, if necessary.
Direct them to the S.T.E.P. information on the ASHA website.