A Ten-Year Faculty Mentoring Program: Administrator, Mentor, and Mentee Perspectives

By Linda P. Thurston, Lori Navarrete and Teresa Miller.

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Mentoring programs for new faculty in higher
education have the potential to increase and
enhance the success of new professors, to renew and inspire
senior faculty, and to enhance recruitment
and retention efforts of the administration. The College of
Education at Kansas State University is the
home of a New Faculty Mentoring program that has been in
place for over 10 years. The program,
designed by a committee of tenure-track professors of
education, was created following a year of
planning, adopted by faculty assembly, implemented, and then
evaluated yearly. To date, the program
has involved 28 new faculty and over 30 senior faculty
mentors. A comprehensive summative evaluation
that included stakeholder interviews and a longitudinal
tracking of mentees indicated that the program
has met the goals of the college administration, enhanced
mentee success, and was beneficial to
mentors. This paper will provide the perspectives of
administrators, mentors, and mentees regarding
the development and the outcomes of the program.

Keywords: Higher Education, Faculty Mentoring, Evaluation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.401-416. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.216MB).

Dr. Linda P. Thurston

Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Linda is a professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs. She was instrumental in founding the faculty mentoring program in her college and, as Assistant Dean, was the first Director of the Program.

Dr. Lori Navarrete

Associate Dean, School of Education, Nevada State College, Henderson, Nevada, USA

Lori is an Associate Professor at Nevada State College and Associate Dean in the School of Education. She is the director of a bi-lingual special education teacher training program. Her research interests are multi-cultural education, learning disabilities, and teacher preparation. Lori was one of the first mentors in the Faculty Mentoring Program at Kansas State University.

Dr. Teresa Miller

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Teresa is a former special educator and public school principal. She was a mentee in the New Faculty Mentoring Program at Kansas State University and is now the Director of the program.


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