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How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

Learn the essential principles to effectively advise and coach junior faculty while meeting all your other responsibilities. This program will show you how to start your mentoring relationship off on the right foot and carry it through to a successful conclusion. 

Learn the principles of mentoring and see them in action

Just because people are experts in their fields, or really know how to handle themselves in the culture of higher education, doesn’t mean they have awareness about how to mentor junior faculty.

In fact, that’s one of the greatest obstacles to establishing effective mentoring programs in colleges and universities.

Learn the essential principles you need to know about mentoring in How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?, a Magna 20- Minute Mentor. Balancing theory and practice, this fast and focused session will show you how you can be an effective advisor and coach while meeting all your other responsibilities.

No one is born knowing how to mentor, but spending just 20 minutes with this content-rich presentation will provide you with an organized approach to coaching colleagues.

You’ll learn the principles of mentoring and see them in action, all the way from just starting out to going through the tenure process.

Guiding your mentee toward self-sufficiency and success is the goal, according to presenters Kenneth L. Alford, Ph.D. and Tyler J. Griffin, Ph.D.

A retired colonel in the United States Army, Kenneth L. Alford is an associate professor at Brigham Young University. He taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and served as president of the 2012 Teaching Professor Conference.

Tyler J. Griffin has developed internationally distributed online training programs for teachers and students and is presently serving as assistant teaching professor at Brigham Young University.

Setting your fellow faculty members up for rewarding careers is just as important as supporting your students. This practical program will give you the tools you need to steer your colleagues toward academic success—which benefits everyone. 

Topics

Mentoring junior faculty makes you part of the ongoing development of your department and institution. How Can I Be an Effective Mentor? will show you how to meet this important responsibility without shortchanging your life or career.

Employing short, simple examples throughout their presentation, Alford and Griffin demonstrate a strategic approach to mentoring and help you see how it can function in your life.

You can’t help your mentees if you don’t know what help they need. This program will show you how to start your mentoring relationship off on the right foot and carry it through to a successful conclusion.  You’ll learn:

  • What you and your mentee should establish from the start
  • The most important thing to build with your mentee
  • Helpful communication practices for mentors
  • The three realms in which mentees need to achieve
  • How to determine when your mentee needs additional help
  • The best ways to support junior faculty through the tenure process

Learning Goals

After participating in this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of effective mentoring and recognize how these principles can be applied
  • Design and operate a productive mentoring relationship
  • Support a mentee through the five stages of development
  • Assemble additional resources as you manage new mentoring situations

Audience

If you have knowledge and experience you want to share with junior faculty, How Can I Be an Effective Mentor? is the program for you.

It will be particularly helpful for those who are accomplished in their fields but may have little experience in serving as a counselor or coach for other faculty. Alford and Griffin’s succinct overview of mentoring principles and practices will help you become the kind of mentor you want to be.

Like all programs in this series, this presentation makes the most of its 20 minutes, so it’s bound to fit into even the busiest schedule—and will save you time in the long run!

You’ll receive a list of recommended resources and discussion questions and a checklist for mentors, all designed to help you put your new knowledge to work. 

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