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Mentoring Resource for Program Managers

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.


January 25, 2011 at 2:34 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

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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

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

Academics on Twitter

twitterWe are evaluating our social media strategy and gathering resources on Twitter use by faculty and offices that serve them.  We use Twitter to promote our program’s initiatives.  We are also interested in how other academic offices are using the microblogging service.  We found these articles on the importance of faculty scientists using Twitter as particularly relevant:

September 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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