When mentors pass

  • William Patrick Sullivan Indiana University School of Social Work
Keywords: Mentoring, Mentee, Higher Education.


The process referred to as mentoring and mentorship is an important facet of the academic and practice world.  Many definitions of mentoring abound, but in general most refer to an older and more experienced mentor who helps shape and guide the career of a younger and less experienced individual known as the mentee.  Developmental models of mentorship describe a process that evolves from the formative stages of the relationship to one characterized by collegiality.  Missing from these models is a final stage - when mentors pass.  This narrative discusses the evolution of mentoring relationships over time, and the impact and reaction to this loss of mentors.

Author Biography

William Patrick Sullivan, Indiana University School of Social Work
Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work