ERIC Number: ED212012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Necessity of the Faculty Mentor in the Development of the Artist-Scholar.
Elwood, William R.
A faculty mentor is that person in the university theatre department who initiates students into not only the world of subject matter but also the world of scholarly and academic action. A mentor trains a "thinker of the theatre" to take a place in the intelligentsia that is responsible for producing art and retaining the stewardship of artistic and humanistic values. A mentor recognizes those special qualities in a student that are manifested in his or her class work, performance on stage, and attitude toward work. During the course of study the mentor/student relationship involves a mutual process, in which the learning that takes place is gradually reversed: the more the student learns, the more he or she provides information to the mentor, who, in turn, channels more information back to the student--a process resulting in far more learning than that of conventional dissertation assignments. When this process of mutual inquiry takes place, the student is on the way to becoming a mentor in his or her own right. Often the mentor/student relationship continues beyond completion of a degree, and the two continue to share ideas as the student chooses. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Dallas, TX, August 9-12, 1981).