Provost’s Department Chairs Leadership Program Fostering a Productive, Supportive Department Mentoring for Success. Becky L. Yust, Professor and Head Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel January 15, 2009. Topics to be covered:. Definitions of mentoring Research on mentoring:
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Provost’s Department Chairs Leadership ProgramFostering a Productive, Supportive Department Mentoring for Success
Becky L. Yust, Professor and Head
Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
January 15, 2009
One department head mentioned that
mentoring can be affected by departmental politics. For example, the mentoring relationship may serve to enhance existing conflicts or strife among faculty by creating cliques, loyalties or alliances within the department.
. . . since university cultures value competitiveness, independence, and autonomy, junior faculty may be reluctant to participate in a mentoring program fearing that it would be harmful to their careers if they admitted that they needed “extra help.”(p. 472)
I think that higher education, more than other professions, has a lot of hidden rules; many of the cultural things within the institution and the profession are never written down, if you are lucky, you will find a mentor to show you the way. (p.35)
We established explicit guidelines for: