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ERIC Number: EJ1087164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
Empowering Untenured Faculty through Mosaic Mentoring
Kanuka, Heather; Marini, Anthony
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v30 n2 p11-38 Fall 2004
Mentoring programs have consistently demonstrated their value in assisting new and early faculty members to make successful adjustments and productive contributions to the academy. Yet, mentoring programs have failed to be consistently implemented despite their efficacy and increasing levels of job dissatisfaction reported by new and early faculty members. To extend the understanding of this issue at a research-based university in western Canada, a survey was sent to deans, department heads, and new faculty. Based on the results of this survey, a focus group of new faculty members was conducted and semi-structured interviews were held with department heads who had implemented effective mentoring programs. The results of this investigation indicate that mosaic mentoring programs, which have no agendas to preserve hierarchies and power imbalances, and which view all faculty members as continuing learners, could reduce feelings of dissatisfaction among new and early faculty members and support conditions for identity transformation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada