Mentoring Matters - #UNTAdv12


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2012 UNT Advising Conference
May 16, 2012

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Mentoring Matters - #UNTAdv12

  1. 1. Mentoring Matters: Howto Build a Culture ofMentorship to Retainand Engage AdvisorsUNT Advising Conference – May 16, 2012Laura Pasquini, Office for Exploring MajorsCarol Pollard, College of MusicTonya Riley, College of Public Affairs & Community Service
  2. 2. MentoringMattersResources
  3. 3. Do you have a mentor?Who is that person?How do they support you?What do you learn from them?
  4. 4. Mentoring: The BasicsHow do you define mentoring?What is a mentor?What is a mentee?
  5. 5. What is mentoring? Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.
  6. 6. What does a mentor do?  The following are among the mentor’s functions:  Teaches a specific issue  Coaches on a particular skill  Facilitates growth by sharing resources and networks  Challenges to move beyond one’s comfort zone  Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks  Focuses on total development
  7. 7. What does a mentee do? The following are among the mentor’s functions: Commit to building the relationship Prepare for each interaction Complete any assignments Integrate learning or meeting with the mentor Make room for professional & personal growth
  8. 8. What are the Characteristicsof A Successful Mentor? Typical Mentor &  Understands others Mentee Profiles  Self-Aware  Trust  Communication Style  Uses the following communication skills:  Problem-Solving 5. Active Listening  Decision-Making 6. Effective Questioning  Work-Style 7. Sharing Feedback
  9. 9. Mentoring In ActionWhat type of mentoring programshave you experienced?-Formal or Informal?-Group or Individual?Please share.
  10. 10. Mentoring: Support,Training & SuggestedPracticesWhat guidance will you give?What training/meetings will there be?How will you support the mentoringprogram?What are suggested practices?
  11. 11. Mentor Selection & Matching Ask for objectives & goals Understand mentee needs & expectations Seek mentors to support values Identify common interests, values & goals Selection – variety of options  First meeting
  12. 12. How to Prepare:The First Mentor Meeting Preparation Content Profiles/Matching Agenda  Take time to get to know one another Choose a setting  Discuss logistics  Discuss confidentiality  Set initial goals/objectives
  13. 13. How to Prepare: The First Mentor MeetingSummary & Next Steps Debrief & Follow Up  Review key points  Assess meeting dynamics  Identify action items  Add to mentee profile  Set up next meeting/call  Notes for improvement
  14. 14. NACADAEmerging Leader Program (ELP) Aims to identify potential, local, regional and national leaders from underrepresented groups who are interested in leadership development and leadership involvement in the association.
  15. 15. Purpose & Goal of the NACADA ELP  Diversity, as defined by the NACADA Board of Directors, includes ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disabilities, and sexual orientation as well as diversity in regard to institutional type, size, and employment position.
  16. 16. Assessment of the EmergingLeaders Program It is important to consider the following assessment items for your mentoring program: On-going Evaluation Participant Feedback Regular Check Ins Retention/Completion Involvement in Process
  17. 17. Mentoring Talesfrom NACADAEmerging LeadersGraduates from the ELP program areinvolved!Chair of commission/interest groupsParticipate on advisory boardsPresent at national & regionalconferencesPublish in journals, monographs, etc.Served on steering or conferenceplanning committeesEstablish new initiatives for theassociationWon awards from the association “We’ve taken what we’ve learned through the program back to our home school. This program has not only made an impact on NACADA, but also on the institutions where the NACADA ELP participants work.”
  18. 18. Other Examples of Mentoring Peer Mentoring & Emerald Eagles @ UNT University of Toronto – Mentoring Program EDUCAUSE Mentoring Programs listed Others?
  19. 19. Mentoring: BenefitsWhat is the payback?How does mentoring help?How does mentoring benefit the: Mentee? Mentor?
  20. 20. Mentoring: ChallengesWhat are some issues?What are some helpful suggestions?How do you support the program?
  21. 21. Mentoring:Considerations &GuidanceHow will you pilot a program?What resources will you need?Who will you collaborate with on campus?How will you determine success? -Evaluation/Assessment -Feedback
  22. 22. Tips for How to Start a MentoringProgram…  Recruitment of mentors (Start early)  Mentor Profile Sheet (see example)  Mentor and Mentee training  Mentor and Mentee Matching (formal/informal)  Mentoring coordination of programs and activities to promote the mentoring relationship  Support from administration and/or human resources
  23. 23. From Connect the Dots Consulting
  24. 24. Thank you!For resources, references &the presentation: