Melanie – thank you so much for such a great reminder of what being involved in a mentoring relationship is and is not. The point about "active partnership" really resonates with me and reminds me to listen more than I talk
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I, too, really appreciated your message Melanie. Mentorship is certainly about collaboration and helping to bring out the best in both the mentor and mentee. I would also say that sometimes mentorship is less formal and perhaps not obvious to the mentor. As leaders, we are often being "watched" by those around us so we may have impacts about which we are unaware. I am thinking about Drew Dudley and his "everyday leadership" message. I hope we remember to thank the people who have helped shape our careers, some of whom might not know about their influence on us.
Hopefully Spring is right around the corner!
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I have had wonderful mentors throughout my clinical and academic career, have had times when I've felt like I've desperately needed help and then also felt like I've done good work mentoring myself ... and now I'm serving as a mentor for a junior faculty member (when did I graduate from junior faculty status? WHEW!) – and am heading up our Faculty Development Committee at Pacific. That (run-on sentence) being said, we've been doing some digging as a committee on some of the new information that's out there about mentoring, and thought I would drop in a few resources that we've found interesting as a faculty in the College of Ed at Pacific! (And some could certainly be applied outside of an academic setting – the mentoring MAP is particularly interesting to me to think through who are mentors for me and where I might need additional support) – enjoy perusing! Kerry Mandulak
NEEDS in mentoring : https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2013/07/22/essay-calling-senior-faculty-embrace-new-style-mentoring
Mentoring Map : https://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/files/Mentoring%20Map%5B1%5D(1).pdf
Newer faculty: https://www.skidmore.edu/cltl/documents/BuildingYourNetwork-Aug2017.pd.pdf
Less New-er Faculty : http://web.utk.edu/~dfmp/pdf/DFMW%20Rethinking%20Mentoring_Rockquemore.pdf
Pre OR Post-Tenure: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/10/04/benefits-newly-tenured-professors-interviewing-role-models-essay
Short and Compelling for Everyone: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/07/14/essay-difference-between-academic-and-entrepreneurial-mindset
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You are a wonderful mentor to students and professionals alike. I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with you. It's interesting this topic came up in the community. Just last week I had conversations with several students and a junior faculty member. A common theme I realized I was addressing with each of them was a sense of shame/embarrassment. I did my best to reassure them. When I am working with students/faculty who are learning something new I tell them if you already knew how to do this you would not be here you would be out doing "this thing". We all have to start somewhere, so please know there is no judgment when I am working with you. And I remind them to not sit in judgment on themselves. There seems to be an increasing level of perfectionism in cohorts. I tell my students (and myself) if you are uncomfortable it means you are learning something. The uncomfortableness will pass, just have patience.
Kathy L. Shapley Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Chair and Professor Speech Language Pathology
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Mississippi University for Women
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