Mentoring is often a relationship between a less experienced individual, called a mentee or protégé, and a more experienced individual known as a mentor. Traditionally, mentoring is viewed as a face-to-face, long-term relationship and interactions between a supervisory adult and a novice student that fosters the mentee’s professional, academic, or personal development (Donaldson, Ensher, & Grant-Vallone, 2000). The typical examples of mentoring focus on a senior and junior configuration; however there are growing experiences and models that vary in mentoring experiences. Different structures of mentoring (e.g. formal, peer, group, network, and informal mentoring) support career goals, while other mentoring opportunities help contribute to a particular field or discipline.
About the Research Study
A number of our professional organizations offer mentoring opportunities and structured mentoring programs as a form of learning and development. For this research study, our team would like to learn more about MENTORING EXPERIENCES; specifically, how these experiences impact the participants (i.e. mentors,protégé, and program coordinators) with regards to their personal and professional development. We are in the early days of learning the how mentoring has impacted individueals and what mentoring means for professionals.
We seek to explore mentoring through the shared narrative of mentoring experiences to answer the following research questions:
- What influence does mentoring have on personal, professional, academic, and career development?
- How does mentoring impact contributions to a professional association and/or learning organizations?
- How does mentoring contribute to a professional field or industry?
Support our Mentoring Research!
Phase 1: Survey http://bit.ly/ExploringMentoring
This survey asks both open- and close-ended questions, and it will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Respondents will be asked about personal perspectives on mentoring based on their own experiences and demographic information:
If you have had more than one formal mentoring role and/or formal mentoring experience – please feel free to submit another survey response. This survey will remain open for several weeks if you decide to complete this survey or if you wish to pass this along to other colleagues who can share their mentoring experience.
Phase 2: Research Interviews
We want to learn more about mentoring programs and its impact on personal and professional development, to its influence on the field/discipline, and to understand how mentoring supports professional associations who create these programs.The interview is expected to take 45-60 minutes and no sensitive questions will be asked during it. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and optional.If you are willing to talk with a researcher via phone or Skype about your experiences, please click on this link to complete the informed consent form: http://bit.ly/MentoringInterviews
Thanks to the members of the Exploring Mentoring Research Team who are supporting to this study:
- Mariya Gavrilova Aguilar, University of North Texas
- Laura Lambeth, Oregon State University
- Sara Ackerson, Washington State University Vancouver
- Ed Cabellon, Bridgewater State University
With thanks for support and development also from:
- Craig McGill, Florida International University
- Erin Justyna, Texas Tech University
- Brandan Lowden, Pikes Peak Community College
For further questions or inquiries about this study, please contact Dr. Laura Pasquini (Laura.Pasquini@unt.edu), as we would be more than happy to follow up with questions, additional support, recruitment, and/or collaboration.
Donaldson, S. I., Ensher, E. A., & Grant-Vallone, E. J. (2000). Longitudinal examination of mentoring relationships on organizational commitment and citizenship behavior. Journal of Career Development, 26, 233-249.
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