Faculty near-peer mentoring exchange for early career faculty

Session Time and Location

Fri, 8 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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Advance HE Pre-function Area
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Session Format

This poster outlines the program design and researched benefits of a university-wide, group-based, near-peer faculty mentoring exchange.  We facilitate peer leadership by early career faculty who have just succeeded at the steps incoming faculty face.  Often overlooked, recently hired tenure stream and non-tenure stream faculty, alike, play a significant role in shaping university culture.  Robust themes from six focus groups reveal interrelated benefits: connection, broadened university perspectives, safety and support, reciprocal mentoring, and shared experiences despite different disciplinary homes.  Participants state that the group members’ varied disciplines and experience levels are key features.  They also note challenges and articulate solutions.

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