ERIC Number: EJ944324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 7
Viewpoint: Answering President Obama's Call for Mentoring--It's Not Just for Mentees Anymore
Reddick, Richard J.; Griffin, Kimberly A.; Cherwitz, Richard A.
Planning for Higher Education, v39 n4 p59-65 Jul-Sep 2011
President Obama and the first lady declared January 2010 as National Mentoring Month, highlighting the power of mentoring and its impact on youth. While the benefits of being someone's protege are well documented, the authors were especially excited to hear the president speak about the benefits of serving as a mentor. Discussions of mentoring usually center on how mentees in developmental relationships benefit, linking these relationships to better academic outcomes, a sense of engagement with the organization, and, of course, key opportunities for advancement. Recently, however, researchers have begun to explore another facet of mentorship, revealing the truth behind President Obama's words: "The mentor usually gets as much, or more out of [mentorship] than the mentee" (Obama, Saldana, and Obama 2010). Consonant with this revelation, this article reports the authors' exploration of the benefits that can accrue to mentors participating in developmental relationships. Specifically, the authors share narratives collected in a study of mentors participating in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) is a philosophy of education derived from classical rhetorical theories that provides an intellectual platform for instigating learning across disciplinary boundaries and generating collaborations between the academy and society.
Descriptors: Mentors, Entrepreneurship, Rhetorical Theory, Presidents, Higher Education, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, College Students, Partnerships in Education
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