June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering
23.81.1 - 23.81.9
A New Model for Mentoring Graduate Students: Teach Them How to Teach AbstractGraduate student mentoring has received a lot of research and discussion in recent years (e.g.Tenenbaum, et al., 2001; Rose, 2005). Recent studies have discussed good supervisoryapproaches, mentoring techniques and students’ perceptions towards mentoring (e.g. Council ofGraduate School, 1990; Hesli, et al., 2003). They are primarily focused on promoting studentsability in research and studies. There are very few mentoring program geared specificallytowards promoting graduate students’ experience in teaching, let alone research papersdiscussing the approaches of this program. A good mentoring system between professors andgraduate students not only helps build a solid path through graduate students’ careers, but is alsopivotal to the success of engineering education. As more graduate students assume teachingresponsibilities, it is important that they are given the advice and guidance regarding soundeducational practices.In this paper, we will introduce a new teaching mentoring model used in an industrialengineering department. A brief comparison to graduate teaching preparation programs in otherindustrial engineering departments, colleges, and universities is provided. Feedback fromdepartment administration, mentor & mentee, and students of the mentee will be discussed.Finally, summary results of the current mentoring program and suggestions for improvement forfuture mentoring programs will be presented.
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