Mentoring Resource for Program Managers

January 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Continuing to collect resources on mentoring, with particular attention to anything that could help us further develop the one-to-one and peer mentoring programs we have, I came across “Lessons Learned About Mentoring” by Robert Boice*.  Notes from this chapter:

Mentoring programs:

  • The essence of good mentoring according to almost all pairs, was socioemotional support
  • Cross-departmental mentor-mentee pairs seemed to [have] slightly greater success compared to more traditional mentoring pairs (mentees and mentors seek out and pair up themselves).
  • Frequent nudges to meet regularly helped ensure pair bonds
  • Left to themselves, most mentoring pairs worked on a limited range of topics
  • Mentors assumed the role of interventionist with reluctance

New faculty who found quick success as teachers and as productive researchers and scholars

  • Seek out social supports and advice from a variety of colleagues, especially those in the position to make decisions about their retention and tenure.  Note social networking, to be effective, occupies as much time as moderate investments in teaching preparation and in research and scholarship
  • Solve the problem of time management by making tasks such as writing fit into the brief openings of already busy days.  Further, tacit knowledge is critical: they need to learn how to manage themselves, others, and tasks in order to thrive in academe

Although 20 years old, we’ve found a number of these conclusions to hold true, and have used this type of information not only for program development but for expansion of resources such as our One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Guide.

What has been your experience?

*Boice, R. (1992). Lessons learned about mentoring. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 50. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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