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Mentor Response

Today we held a lunch for the mentors participating in our One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Program.  Due to massive amounts of wind, snow, ice, slush, etc we were unable to meet with as many mentors as originally planned. Two of our co-PIs did join us to help answer questions and we discussed cross-departmental mentoring.

Mentors noted that as an external source of information they were able to help new faculty members distinguish the different types of university committees.  Also time management strategies and work/life balance have been main topics during their meetings.  Initially, there is also a need for information about relocation: where is a good place to live and where are the good schools and local childcare?

There was some discussion about an additional need for tenure-track faculty as they get closer to the tenure decision.  Currently our One-to-One Program is a one year commitment and only available to tenure-track faculty in their first year.  Do you have experience with a one-to-one program?  If so, have you seen or felt a need for a mentor outside your department in the later years before tenure?


February 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

LinkedIn for Faculty

There are lots of social media options for staying connected with your colleagues as well as sharing your ideas and accomplishments.  The networking site, LinkedIn, is the most popular for professional work.

LinkedIn is a business/professional-oriented social networking site.  It allows users to create a profile and list professional accomplishments and appointments in a CV format.  As of August 2010, the site had 75 million registered users (Wikipedia).  Users can show their network by establishing “connections” with people they know offline.

For more information, see:

Updated:  We are now on LinkedIn.  Check out our profile.

December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

How to be CareerWISE

super hero

Arizona State University just went live with a new website for faculty development and mentoring:  CareerWISE.  The project’s principal investigator, Bianca L. Bernstein, explained in the Chronicle blog Wired Campus that the site’s mission is, “to teach women how to counter discouragement and give them the confidence to deal with any situation that comes up.”  This resource is geared toward women PhD students in STEM, however addresses common issues/situations junior faculty and postdocs face.

The website aims to do more than state the facts by offering you (the user) solutions for solving problems and learning about yourself and your work environment.  Users sign up for a free account which enables access to all the resources.  The site is easy to use.  Each page has a table of contents, which allows you to quickly survey the information on each page and click to go directly to a section of interest.  Also useful, are the many videos of successful women telling their stories/describing relevant experiences.  Check it out!

November 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Mentoring Program Evaluation Dissemination

fishOur internal evaluator, Dr. Carrie Spearin of the Department of Sociology, surveyed participants from both the One-to-One and Peer-Group faculty mentoring programs last year.  We have written two white papers from her analysis with a summary of the results from each program:

November 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Social Media Resources

welcome matIn preparation for the ADVANCE PI Meeting, we created a brochure for our colleagues:  information to take away, after reading our poster on outreach and dissemination through social media.  This brochure includes blogs and tweeps we recommend following, as well as tips (for faculty scientists and ADVANCE program administrators) on maximizing your social media presence.  So, lay out the welcome mat and join (or start) an online conversation.

November 12, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Mentoring Notes from PI Meeting

We recently attended the annual ADVANCE PI Meeting.  During the two-day event, we attend the workshop “Mentoring that Works,” presented by Dr. Donna Dean, Professor Miriam Rossi, and Professor Barbara Whitten.  Notes and reflections include:

  • watch for iceTo the woman looking to be mentored: mentoring is not cloning.
  • You want to find multiple advisers for the many facets of your professional career.
  • Seeking advice and lessons that you can adapt and adopt for yourself.
  • One of the strongest points presenters made about their participation in an alliance or peer-mentoring group was an incredible decreased sense of isolation.
  • These women (the other participants in their alliance) were similar to them, but not in direct competition; and they were personally committed to the group.  They even used Skype to cost-effectively video chat with each other every other week.
  • These alliances were funded (and given credibility) through an NSF ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) award.
  • Participants also reported the support they received from peers made them a better mentor themselves.
  • For program sustainability they identified the following key components:  composition, credibility, and meetings.

November 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Faculty Peer-Mentoring

pensIt’s that time of year. I did a search this week for articles and resources on faculty peer-mentoring programs.  I was hoping to find examples of handouts or guides other universities have created for their faculty.  Didn’t have much luck; perhaps most peer-mentoring networks are informal.  I did find an interesting example of a group of four women faculty who met for a year and spent a good amount of time supporting each others’ research careers.  Happy reading: Peer-Mentoring for Tenure-Track Faculty.

September 24, 2010 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

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