Mentoring is important to the public relations field because it facilitates professional development and understanding. Often associated with positive behavioral, motivational, attitudinal, relational and career outcomes, much mentoring research has been conducted in disciplinary silos, and actual relationships between mentoring activities and outcomes aren’t always clear. The Plank Center’s goal is to improve our understanding of effective mentoring, enrich mentoring efforts in the field and drive best practices in public relations.
Mentoring Research and Best Practices White Paper
Because of the importance of mentoring in all fields, including public relations, this white paper draws from more than 100 sources, including scholarly research articles, books, magazines, media outlets, business organizations, educational institutions, professional development companies, non-profit organizations, blogs, websites and trade publications. The work’s ultimate goal is to help grow and diversify the public relations profession. To do so, the paper includes insights gleaned from the literature, educational takeaways, steps to create mentoring programs, evaluation processes, and mentoring research strengths and weaknesses. Drs. Diana Martinelli and Elina Erzikova found that “in both college and workplace mentoring, it is clear that the setting of goals, development of trust, and patience in and commitment to the process are fundamental to success.”