ERIC Number: ED215640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Mentor and Colleague Relationships in Academia.
Reohr, Janet R.
Social support systems within academia, particularly those of mentor and colleague, are examined. Although both relationships are valued by academics, there is lack of consensus as to the characteristics and purposes of each. The mentor relationship can be defined as maintaining clear social and intellectual status differences. The value of this relationship is found in these status differences, which allow the mentor to use his or her greater influence to help the younger academic. The colleague relationship is distinguished by its equality. It also can be significant in the arduous socialization process within academia. In the business world, mentor-protege and colleague relationships are more likely to occur because of the interdependent working conditions, and are often structured intentionally. The same is not true of the academic world; those who occupy the most marginal status--the young, untenured faculty--could most benefit from mentors or colleagues, but because of their positions they are the least likely to have the benefit of such relationships. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (Boston, MA, November 1981).