June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
New Engineering Educators
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ASEE Conference – New Engineering Faculty DivisionMentoring Programs Supporting Junior Faculty The NDSU Advance FORWARD project, funded by the National Science FoundationADVANCE Institutional Transformation program in 2008, seeks to develop and implement acomprehensive research-driven strategy to increase participation of women in all science andengineering faculty and academic administrative positions. Specifically, Advance FORWARDstrives to improve the climate across campus, enhance faculty recruitment efforts, increasefaculty retention and advancement, and open leadership opportunities.One avenue for achieving the FORWARD goals is through the establishment and ongoingdevelopment of a mentoring program. The mentoring cohort program originated as part of theNDSU Advance FORWARD project’s effort to support junior women faculty. Different fromthe original one-on-one mentoring program previously offered to all junior faculty on campus,the cohort mentoring component of the ADVANCE project has been consolidated with thecampus-wide first-year faculty program sponsored by the Provost. Each cohort group includestwo to four junior faculty and two senior faculty serving as mentors. Cohorts are same sex, asstudies have shown that women strongly prefer other women as their mentors, and same genderrelationships provide women with more psychosocial support. Several training opportunitieshave been provided for faculty mentors and mentees concerning issues, roles, opportunities, andgoal setting. Research suggests that good mentoring is enhanced when the parties involved havetraining and contracts outlining roles and responsibilities. A unique element of this mentoringprogram is that all incoming faculty are invited to participate in a single mentoring cohortthrough their third year review. Having access to a formal support network through this criticalstage is important for junior faculty success and retention.In this paper we will provide specific details about the junior faculty cohort mentoring programand the assessment measures we have developed. We will also discuss the participants’ benefits.
Bilen-Green, C., & Green, R. A., & McGeorge, C., & Birmingham, E. J., & Burnett, A. (2013, June), Mentoring Programs Supporting Junior Faculty Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22283
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