July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Minorities in Engineering
This phenomenological study (Moustakas, 1994) explores the mentoring needs of 11 engineering postdoctoral scholars of color with an adaptation of the ideal mentoring model (Zambrana et al., 2015) used as the conceptual framework. A critical theory lens (Morrow & Brown, 1994) is applied to Moustakas’ (1994) four-stage process of phenomenological data analysis to examine the interview data: epoché, horizontalization, imaginative variation, and synthesis. The essence of the phenomenon is engineering postdoctoral scholars of color have primary and secondary mentoring needs pertaining to their immediate career acquisition of a tenure-track faculty position. Primary mentoring needs include expanding professional networks for the tenure-track faculty job search and receiving guidance on work-life balance and enhancing technical skills. Secondary needs consist of refining research directions and research expertise promotion, as well as acquiring political guidance on matters of race/ethnicity in academia. These findings reveal the importance of higher education institutions and postdoctoral supervisors assuming greater responsibility for ensuring postdoctoral scholars receive the mentorship and career support they desire, which may require a systematic change in the postdoctoral training environment.
Mendez, S. L., & Cooksey, S. E., & Starkey, K. E., & Conley, V. M., & Clark, C. J., & Arnett, N. Y., & Higgs, C. F., & Hicks, I. V., & Haynes, C. L., & McCoy, T. M., & Stuhlsatz, M. (2021, July), Exploring the Mentoring Needs of Engineering Postdoctoral Scholars of Color: Is Systematic Change Required in the Postdoctoral Training Environment? (Research) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37154
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