ERIC Number: ED339267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The TACT-Mentor Program: A Dual Introduction into College Teaching. Final Report.
Murray, Robert C.
A two-part effort called "The TACT Mentor Program: A Dual Introduction into College Teaching," designed to assist new faculty in their first year of teaching at Heidelberg College, Ohio, is described and evaluated. The first part of the program, TACT (Teachers and College Teaching) consisted of weekly discussions based on the book "Mastering the Techniques of Teaching" by Joseph Lowman. Over 10 weeks, 10 topics were discussed and during this time the group of 14 participants with highly diverse backgrounds developed a real sense of oneness. Results of a faculty questionnaire distributed at the first and last sessions and a general evaluation form found increased attempts to try new methods of teaching and a greater sense of belonging to an academic community among participants. All agreed that the experience was positive and that the program should continue. The second part of the program, the Mentor component, paired eight new faculty members with senior faculty from different disciplines. Each mentor was given complete freedom to operate as best fit the individual situation. Some pairings were highly profitable and others did not develop beyond the initial meeting. Future programs will contain more specific mentor requirements. The project reached out to the public in several ways: a campus forum, news releases, mailings and presentations at two conferences. Appendixes contain two faculty questionnaires, some faculty comments on the questionnaire, a 15-item bibliography and a project director's resume. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Heidelberg Coll., Tiffin, OH.
Identifiers: Heidelberg College OH