A Lehigh ADVANCE Approach to Mentoring
Mentoring is an two-way, interactive process of communication, facilitation, and discovery of the mentee's abilities. An individual may have many mentors; a July 6, 2011 article by Owen Stukowski summarizes this as a "Kitchen Cabinet of Mentors" who each contribute a unique perspective to your professional and personal development. It is a personal process combining role modeling, apprenticeship, and sponsorship through honest, active discussions in confidence.
Lehigh ADVANCE aims to support mentoring needs of women in STEM at multiple career points. The institution is making these activities available to all faculty. This means we are addessing skill building amongst mentors and we are addressing the skill and experiences of mentees.
In the pre-tenure phase we invite new Assistant Professors to participate in the Interdisciplinary Networking Committee program. In the post-tenure phase, ADVANCE will support Associate Professors who are developing a leadership portfolio for the practical purposes of providing evidence for promotion and also for the fulfillment of helping develop the skills and identifying opportunities and experiences that will allow for continued development of leadership capacity.
Mentoring Resources exist for faculty building mentor relationships with graduate students and with other faculty.
A great start is How to Be a Great Mentor, a series of essays by Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
Other resources include
- The Science of Effective Mentorship
- Faculty Promotion Plan
- Mapping a Mentoring Roadmap and Developing a Supportive Network for Strategic Career Advancement, Beronda L. Montgomery, 2017
- Institutional Membership in National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
- Resources to support and mentor graduate students
- Mentoring resources developed by the Faculty Advancement Network
Supported by Lehigh ADVANCE and the The Office of the Provost-Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs.