ERIC Number: EJ847837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
What's Next After You Say Hello: First Steps in Mentoring
Hogue, William F.; Pringle, Ernest M.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n2 p50-52 2005
In most cultures wisdom, knowledge, and experience are prized assets. Those who possess them are held in high regard and are expected to share them with the next generation. So it is in the world of information technology (IT). Veteran IT professionals are often charged with identifying and developing future IT leaders, while future leaders often seek current leaders to whom they can turn for support and guidance. This article tells the story of a new mentoring relationship between Ernest Pringle and Bill Hogue. Pringle was born in South Carolina at about the same time that Hogue dropped out of college in New York City, at the height of the Vietnam War protests. Some 35 years later, Pringle is Associate Director of Student Development and University Housing for Information Technology and Vice President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association at the University of South Carolina (USC). Hogue serves as Vice President for Information Technology and CIO for USC. The two began to get to know one another about four years ago through casual conversations at meetings and receptions. Their relationship grew more substantive as they began to focus on the issue of minority underrepresentation in the IT profession. Last summer, Pringle decided that the time had come to seek a formal mentoring relationship. This article presents a set of guiding principles Pringle and Hogue developed which they are using to help shape their relationship and that may provide a useful framework for others who are just getting started with mentoring. These are: (1) Strive for mutual benefits; (2) Agree on confidentiality; (3) Commit to honesty; (4) Listen and learn; (5) Build a working partnership; (6) Lead by example; and (7) Be flexible.
Descriptors: Mentors, Disproportionate Representation, Confidentiality, Information Technology, Student Development, Higher Education, Leaders, Feedback (Response)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina