Attract good students/trainees - word gets around; the best mentors areusually the most sought-after;Successful recruitment of top notch students to your groupAmplify your own success - if a student/postdoc is working with you on research and scholarship, good working relationships tend to be more productive. Improved climate in research group. Increased productivityDevelop your professional network - students and other trainees who you mentor will be your future colleagues, and could greatly extend your personal and professional networkSatisfaction - seeing your students and postdocs succeed can be its own reward; results of good mentoring live on after youImproved academic performance of students means academic success and recognition for youImportant element of success in promotion and tenure
Brown, M. Davis, G., McClendon, S. (1999) Mentoring Graduate Students of Color: Myths, Models, and Modes. Peabody Journal of Education, 74, 2, 105-118; George, Y. & Neale, D. (2006) Report from study group meetings to develop a research and action agenda on STEM career and workforce Mentoring. American Association for the Advancement of Science Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, December 2006
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Mentoring Plan Workshop, Winter 2012
Mentoring Plan WorkshopUniversity of Texas – El Paso Lorraine Gutierrez
Plans for today Provide an overview of mentoring and promising practices Learn the elements of a mentoring plan and how to write one Break out into faculty and student groups to examine the roles and responsibilities in the mentoring relationship Engage in mentor/student discussion to start development of your own mentoring plan
Mentoring includes Advising Supporting Tutoring Sponsoring Role Modeling Life-long Relationships
Different Mechanisms for MentoringAcademic advisor/mentor: 1-on-1 Mentoring teams - e.g. dissertation committees Peer mentors - structured or informal programs Mentoring organizations
Definitions Research advisorsare typically synonymous with “mentors” Academic advisorsare individuals who help enforce and provide guidance on curriculum requirements; shared by all students in department; sometimes Grad Chairs Graduate Coordinators are typically departmental staff familiar with degree/Rackham requirements
What is Effective Mentoring? taking an interest in developing another person’s career and well-being a personal and a professional relationship advancing the person’s scholarly and professional goals in directions they desire tailoring mentoring styles and content to an individual’s age, culture, ethnicity, gender, and disabilities
Benefits of mentoring to students Improved academic performance Increased productivity Improved professional skills Higher self confidence Expanded social and professional networks
Benefits of mentoring to faculty Attract good students Increased productivity Develop your professional network Satisfaction of seeing your students succeed Expand your knowledge of the field and life experiences
Issues in mentoring Mismatch in interests, goals, communication styles Unrealistic expectations Conflicting interpersonal styles Problematic behavior Competing responsibilities
Promising Mentoring Practiceso Develop mentoring plans Align faculty and student expectationso Mandatory yearly performance reviews Written and oral discussions of strengths and weaknesseso Honest communicationo New student orientations and cohort meetingso Peer mentoring programs that match more advanced grad students with new oneso Frequent contact/interaction with students Academic activities: brown bags, colloquia, workshops Social activities: pot lucks, movie nights, picnicso Match students and faculty with similar intellectual interestsBrown, M. Davis, G., McClendon, S. (1999) Mentoring Graduate Students of Color: Myths, Models, and Modes.Peabody Journal of Education, 74, 2, 105-118; George, Y. & Neale, D. (2006) Report from study groupmeetings to develop a research and action agenda on STEM career and workforce Mentoring. AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs,December 2006.
What is a mentoring plan?Agreement between mentor & student about training/educational goals Both short-term and long-term goals Specifies amount/type of mentoring needed to accomplish goals Modifiable (e.g. yearly) Establish process to evaluate whether goals are met
Mentoring Plans are about Expectations For mentor: What help/support willing to provide? And how much? For student: What help/support needed?
Elements of Mentoring Plan: Meetings Frequency of one-on-one meetings Participation in group meetings Scheduling & rescheduling
Elements of Mentoring Plans: Means of CommunicationMeans of communication Varies (e.g., out-of- town, field work) In-person, phone, email, Skype Sabbatical arrangements Progress reports
Elements of Mentoring Plans Program requirements Research skills Responsible conduct of research and scholarship Conference attendance & participation Presentation skills Norms of authorship Publications
More on Mentoring plans Teaching skills Career development activities Prioritizing & time management Writing grant/fellowship proposals Building networks Career goals Job Market
Elements of Mentoring Plans Feedback Form (written, etc.) Turnaround time for mentor feedback How does student ask for more feedback?
Mentoring Plans How much is too much to ask for? How will mentor communicate that? How will student communicate that?
What do you have in common?Perceived similarities between mentor and studenthave the greatest impact on success of mentoringrelationship... EXERCISE: List at least five (5) ways in which you two are similar – think broadlyEnsher, E.A., and Murphy, S.E. (1997). Effects of Race, Gender, Perceived Similarity, andContact on Mentor Relationships. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 50 (3), pp. 460-481.
Develop Mentoring Plan TogetherSample mentoring plans provided – select one (or use a hybrid) and develop your plan.Make a real and sincere effort to develop a work-able plan that you both agree on.Revisit this plan periodically and revise as necessary.
MORE Mentoring ResourcesMORE website - www.more.umich.edu/ Bibliography Downloadable documents Links to web resources