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A New Model for Mentoring Graduate Students: Teach Them How to Teach

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Innovative IE Curricula

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Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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23.81.1 - 23.81.9



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Yunchen Huang Mississippi State University

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Yunchen Huang just received his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University. His research focus is human factors engineering. He has engaged in both teaching and research related to human facotors in everyday life

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Lesley Strawderman Mississippi State University


John M. Usher P.E. Mississippi State University

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Dr. John M. Usher is a professor and Department Head of Industrial Engineering at Mississippi State University. Dr. Usher’s research interests focus on systems simulation, modeling, and analysis, as well as employing artificial intelligence in software environments to enhance system operation. He has published numerous papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, and continues to serve on the editorial staff for several journals.

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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.

Huang, Y., & Strawderman, L., & Usher, J. M. (2013, June), A New Model for Mentoring Graduate Students: Teach Them How to Teach Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19095

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