ERIC Number: EJ1062672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Early Career Academic Staff Support: Evaluating Mentoring Networks
Thomas, J. Denard; Lunsford, Laura Gail; Rodrigues, Helena A.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v37 n3 p320-329 2015
Which academics benefit from participation in formal mentoring programmes? This study examined the needs and mentoring networks of new academics with evaluative data from a pilot mentoring programme. Themes from these data point towards re-envisioning initiatives for academic staff development. First, an examination of the expansion of mentoring networks of new staff suggests that some need more support than others. Second, new academics have common needs in professional development support, despite disciplinary differences and the beliefs of many administrators. Third, evaluation of new academics' self-reports show that there are differences in mentoring preferences that influence programme participation. Fourth, participant reports reveal both perceived benefits and some detriments of programme participation. Fifth, a somewhat widespread academic mentoring mindset was identified that may lead to problematic mentoring outcomes depending on demographic characteristics of protégés. Implications for administrators in charge of staff development and avenues for future research are presented.
Descriptors: Mentors, Social Networks, Pilot Projects, Beginning Teachers, Educational Needs, School Support, Preferences, Higher Education, College Faculty, Tenure, Online Surveys, Interviews, Teacher Workshops, Likert Scales, Faculty Development, Teacher Participation, Participant Satisfaction, Educational Benefits, Educational Practices, Beginning Teacher Induction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: SBE-0548130