ERIC Number: EJ1109973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentoring the Next Generation of Faculty: Supporting Academic Career Aspirations among Doctoral Students
Curtin, Nicola; Malley, Janet; Stewart, Abigail J.
Research in Higher Education, v57 n6 p714-738 Sep 2016
We know little about the role of faculty mentoring in the development of interest in pursuing an academic career among doctoral students. Drawing on Social Cognitive Career Theory, this study examined the relationships between different kinds of mentoring (instrumental, psychosocial, and sponsorship) and academic career self-efficacy, interests, and goals. Analyses controlled for race, gender, field, and candidacy status. Psychosocial and instrumental mentoring predicted feelings of self-efficacy in one's ability to pursue an academic career, and exerted significant indirect effects through that self-efficacy, on students' interest in such a career. Race-gender comparisons indicated that sponsorship was not an important predictor for non-URM men, in contrast to the other groups.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Mentors, Graduate Students, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Social Cognition, Social Theories, Self Efficacy, Student Interests, Goal Orientation, Race, Sex, Majors (Students), Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Teacher Role, Teaching Styles
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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