Administrative Professionals Advisory Council

Mentor Program Overview

Are you willing to serve as a mentor to other administrative professionals at NIU?  The Administrative Professionals Advisory Council is seeking volunteers who would be willing to serve as mentors.  Additionally, perhaps you are in need of help with different aspects of your job where partnering with a mentor would be beneficial. 

The mentor/mentee role includes a commitment of at least six months of support to administrative professionals as they become acclimated to the NIU Community and their positions on campus.  This program may also be beneficial to those who have promoted to different positions within the administrative professional field. 

Volunteering to be a mentor makes you available to your mentee during your assigned lunch hour and via phone and/or e-mail during your scheduled work hours.  At no time while serving as a mentor, should you be absent from your work environment unless release time has been approved by your supervisor. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, click here for a mentor registration form

If you are interested in being mentored, click here for a mentee registration form

APAC is looking forward to your participation in our program. Let’s all work together to make our new Huskie staff feel welcome and comfortable in the NIU Community!

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a learning partnership between employees for purposes of sharing institutional knowledge and developing skills and talents. 

A mentor is someone who teaches, helps and advises. 

A mentee is someone who is advised, helped or trained by a mentor.


What are the attributes of a good mentor?

  • Takes an interest in the professional and personal development of others
  • Sets an example
  • Recognizes others’ strengths
  • Listens to and encourages others
  • Provides constructive feedback
  • Shares their network
  • Encourages others by motivating and educating them on promotional opportunities


What are the benefits to the mentor?

  • Gain personal satisfaction
  • Polish coaching, counseling and leadership skills
  • Learn through exposure to new ideas and perspectives
  • Expand relationships
  • Enjoy a rewarding experience

What are the benefits to the mentee?

  • Experience personal and professional growth
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the institution
  • Acquire new skills
  • Expand relationships
  • Preparation for being a mentor

Click here for suggested mentor/mentee schedule