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Mentoring presentation for Sigma Tau Delta

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Mentoring presentation for Sigma Tau Delta

  1. 1. Student Mentoring Programs:The Why’s, How’s, and MoreBethany Bowles and Rachel HoughtonPresentation to Sigma Tau Delta International ConferenceMarch 21, 2013
  2. 2. Adapting this STC presentation for mentoring programswithin the English curriculumWhat is mentoring?Types of mentoringFace-to-face mentoringVirtual mentoringWhy is it a good thing?Agenda
  3. 3. How to start a mentoring programCommunity partnershipsIndividual relationshipsWhat do you do?Ingredients of a successful mentoring programTurnkey packageAdapting administrative forms for mentoringprograms within the English curriculumAgenda Continued
  4. 4. Tailoring Mentoring Programsto the English Curriculum
  5. 5. Pair English Students withProfessionalsWith professors from a different university (virtualmentoring)With professional writers , editors, and linguists (virtual orface-to-face mentoring depending upon location)
  6. 6. Possible Disciplines for PairingCreative writing, across all genres, leveraging subjectmatter experts (SMEs) among Sigma Tau Delta alumniTechnical writing, leveraging SMEs in STC via dualstudent memberships in Sigma Tau Delta and STCLinguistics, leveraging SMEs among Sigma Tau Deltaalumni and global English specialists in STC
  7. 7. Key Concepts of MentoringProgramsPair student “novices” or mentees with professionalpractitioners (mentors)Match mentees’ areas of interest with mentors’ areas ofSMEAvoid “direct-line” reporting relationshipsSet specific objectives for the mentoringrelationship, identify activities that will achieve thoseobjectives, and establish a means of regularcommunicationCommunicate regularly
  8. 8. AdministrationNo need to “reinvent the wheel”!Adapt administrative materials from STC mentoringprogram “toolkit” to establish and sustain mentoringprograms in other areas of English curriculum
  9. 9. What?
  10. 10. 3 Types of Mentoring1. Within industry: pairingan experiencedpractitioner with anentry-level member ofthe profession2. Within academe: pairinga faculty member with astudent3. Pairing a professionalpractitioner with astudent
  11. 11. Individual Mentoring Relationships:Face to Face
  12. 12. Individual Mentoring Relationships:Virtual
  13. 13. Remote/Virtual Mentoring
  14. 14. Why?
  15. 15. Win!Mentee BenefitsDevelop networks, increasevisibilityReceive career guidance and jobsearch tipsPolish specialized skillsPrepare for the move fromacademe to industryEnhance skills for careeradvancement
  16. 16. Win!Mentor BenefitsGain personal satisfactionhelping others reach theirpotentialEnhancecoaching, feedback, leadershipskillsGain exposure to newperspectives, new mediaExpand professional networksGet help on STC projects
  17. 17. Win!Organizational BenefitsStrengthen student communities bypartnering with professionalsStrengthen professional communitieswith new ideas and leadershipLeverage volunteer labor as M&M’scollaborate on projects to benefittheir communities and the SocietyIncrease retention rate of graduatingstudent membersIncrease attendance at chaptermeetings and involvement in SIGsBridge industry and academeGroom leaders of tomorrow
  18. 18. How?
  19. 19. Ingredients
  20. 20. RecipeCombine equal proportions ofmentees and mentorsSeason with guidelines andturnkey administrative toolsMix wellBake for one academic yearGarnish with job placement orgraduate school acceptanceicing
  21. 21. Turnkey ToolkitSpecific program guidelines andproceduresSummary of successful programsMentor/mentee (M&M) applicationformsM&M summary formM&M agreement formSuggested M&M activities andprojects… and MORE!
  22. 22. Who?
  23. 23. Recruiting
  24. 24. Pairing
  25. 25. When? Where?
  26. 26. 2003 … 2009
  27. 27. … and 2011
  28. 28. Mentor/Mentee AgreementObjectivesExpectationsActivitiesScheduleCommunication channels
  29. 29. Job-shadowingResume and portfolio assessment, interviewingskillsJungle training for corporate AmericaJoint projectsLife lessons“Reverse” mentoring (mentee teaches mentor)… happens a lot!Typical Activities
  30. 30. Update the mentee’s résumé to present his/her abilities andexperience to future employers; conduct a mock job interviewWork together to create a portfolio for the mentee to use whenjob-huntingArrange a job-shadowing visit for the mentee to learn moreabout the workplacePost what projects you are up to on the Facebook page to sharewith everyone!Review a technical book or guide for newsletterPreview the upcoming STC annual conference by highlighting apresentation being done by local membersSuggested M&M Activities
  31. 31. Write a short review of one or more web sites that would interest orhelp readersCreate a short, engaging article that teaches a grammar and/ormechanics point – creative formatting encouraged!Join an STC SIG in an area of mutual interest and participate in a SIG-related project together.Use social media (e.g., IM, texting, Facebook, Skype, or evenasynchronous color-coded “e-mail ping-pong”*) to engage in somereal-time “chats” from time to time to get to know each otherbetter and share ideas.Suggested M&M Activities (cont)
  32. 32. Co-author an article for a literary journalAttend a local reading togetherRevise a creative writing piece of the mentee’sReview the mentee’s portfolioWrite a literature review on a topic of mutual interestAnd more!Possible Activities for Mentoringwithin the English Curriculum
  33. 33. Sample Mentee Application FormSuitable for English Curriculum
  34. 34. Sample Mentor Application FormSuitable for English Curriculum
  35. 35. Available MaterialsSTC guidelines for mentoring programsSpecific program guidelines and proceduresHistory of successful mentoring programsMentor/mentee(M&M) application formsM&M summary forms (for making pairings)M&M agreement formSuggested M&M activities and projectsM&M contact logLink to typical M&M Facebook pageM&M pre-assessment formsM&M post-assessment formsM&M program evaluation form
  36. 36. The Stage is Set … Action!Rachel Houghtonrjhoughton@gmail.comBethany Bowlesbethanybowles@gmail.comDan Voss**Co-Developer of Presentation