What makes for a successful mentoring program for academics?

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Research and Development in Higher Education Vol. 33 : Reshaping Higher Education

July, 2010, 654 pages
Published by
M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg
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The first four years of a Faculty-based mentoring program for academics has led to many positive outcomes for both mentees and mentors. Our paper briefly outlines the program and provides an analysis of participant feedback drawn from 70 reflective statements. We claim that four factors have ensured the program’s success: facilitated mentee choice of pairing, flexibility of mentoring arrangements, financial support that recognises the time invested in the mentoring and the creation of a mentoring community.

Keywords: academic development, flexible mentoring, mentor-mentee choice