Mentoring 101 AGHE Faculty Development Committee Webinar #1, March 31, 2009 Telemachus and Mentor
AGHE Faculty Mentoring Guide • For mentors and mentees • Offer alternatives to traditional mentoring • How to seek a mentor or mentee • Mentoring programs • Obstacles • Template forms • Additional resources Care for a mint or…
Mentoring in Gerontology Education: New Graduate Student PerspectivesPeyton, Morton, Perkins & Dougherty, (2001). Educational Gerontology • Multidisciplinary perspective • Mentor or advisor • Types of mentors • Need • Phases • Selection Minotaur
Are you mentor material A mentor has moved beyond preoccupation with self to foster growth of a developing professional. The most important function of a mentor is assisting in the realization of a dream. Levinson, Darrow, Klein, et al., 1978 Mint material
Types of Mentors • The informational mentor • Peer mentor • Retiree mentor • Competitor Mentor • Grandparent mentor Peyton et al. 2001
Characteristics of a Mentor • Encourage and demonstrate confidence in your mentee. • Value mentee as a person • Supportive professional environment • Don’t deny your own ignorance • Be liberal with feedback • Provide exposure for your mentee • Allow your mentee to assist and be generous with credit Obama with career mentor Emil Jones
Alternatives to Traditional Mentoring • Layered Mentoring • Rolling Mentoring • Mentoring outside Institution "When one teaches, two learn." -Robert Half
Finding a Mentee Of those in my department junior to me, who is pursuing work or has strengths similar to my own? To whom do I gravitate? Liking your mentee goes a long way toward a successful relationship. Finding Nemo
Mentor Checklist • Know your mentee • Expectations • Promotion/Tenure • Regular meetings • Written goals • Change • Networking • Shared work
Phases of Mentoring • Initiation • Cultivation • Separation • Redefinition
Characteristics of a Mentee • Eagerness to learn • Seriousness • Take the initiative • Flexibility • Promptness • Provide feedback • Interest
Questions for a Mentee • How do you know if you are being adequately mentored? • Completing an evaluation will guide the future direction of your relationship.
On-line Resources http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar99/mentor.html Beans, B. E. (1999, March). Mentoring program helps young faculty feel at home. APA Monitor, 30(3). http://www.mentornet.net The e-mentoring network for women in engineering and science (2002). http://www.publichealth.uga.edu/geron/programs/geron_mentor.html Southern Regional Student Mentoring Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics, The University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology http://www.jhartfound.org/pdf%20files/swleaders.pdf Fostering Academic Leadership in Gerontology and Geriatrics is Vital to the Future of Social Work Programs. The John A. Hartford Foundation. http://www.preparing-faculty.org/default.htm#about The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) is a national initative that prepares aspiring faculty members for a career in academia.