ERIC Number: EJ1046166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Leadership Development through Mentoring in Higher Education: A Collaborative Autoethnography of Leaders of Color
Chang, Heewon; Longman, Karen A.; Franco, Marla A.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v22 n4 p373-389 2014
In this collaborative autoethnography, we explored how 14 academic and administrative leaders of color working in faith-based higher education have experienced personal and professional mentoring, and how mentoring experiences have influenced their leadership development. All participants identified a wide array of developmental relationships that had contributed to their leadership development, although not all of the relationships were labeled as "mentoring." Whereas female participants (11 in total) relied on these relationships primarily for psychosocial support, three male participants had more actively sought out mentoring relationships to develop career skills and expand their professional network. Particularly, for the female participants, mentoring took place mostly outside their professional settings. We argue that personal and institutional factors contributed to the participants' limited access to professional mentoring within their higher education contexts. This collaborative autoethnography process, which lasted at least six months for most participants, unexpectedly provided professional mentoring opportunities for these leaders of color.
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Ethnography, Mentors, Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, Administrator Attitudes, Career Development, Networks, Minority Groups, Gender Differences, College Faculty, Institutional Characteristics, Cooperation, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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