A Graduate Student Guide: Making the Most of Mentoring
By: Carol A. Mullen (author)Paperback
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Here is a doorway through which readers will sneak a peak at the academy-its exterior and interior spaces. There is much within the academic environment that can invite entry or obstruct movement. With this text, doors have been opened for novice scholars and new faculty, as well as experienced academicians and administrators. Each chapter has an aperture on vital mentoring issues (such as productive learning within groups, developing effective marketing and networking strategies, and creating successful student-centered programs) that, together, provides a broader perspective on the professoriate. Readers are guided through the process of becoming successfully mentored, largely by entering into viable relationships and learning the art of receiving and giving. The various mentoring formats described provide exposure to a wide range of options that readers can mindfully act upon; these also demonstrate the value of learning within one-to-one systems and group contexts. Finally, readers are given access to guarded secrets about graduate school, not only concerning unspoken norms but also the 'hidden curriculum' of the academy and of mentor's expectations.
The mentoring concepts and practices narrated have all been tested in real-life settings. Further, the chapters' case scenarios and analyses are supported with data collected from multiple sources_documents, surveys, and interviews_including the Writers in Training (WIT), a long-standing doctoral cohort. Dozens of graduate students in education in particular, as well as faculty and administrators have contributed to this work.
Carol A. Mullen, Ph.D., is associate professor of leadership studies at the University of South Florida and editor of the refereed international journal Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. This national award-winning researcher's specialty fields research include mentorship and graduate student inquiry, and her publications encompass eight books in addition to numerous journal articles. Dr. Mullen is recipient of the 2005 Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (FASCD) Excellence Award. The category in which she was recognized is Excellence in Instructional Supervision.
Part 1 Getting Started: Strategies and Options Chapter 2 Creating Mentoring Maps of the Academy Chapter 3 Establishing Contact with Faculty and Peers Chapter 4 Finding Out about Resources and Opportunities Part 5 Becoming Immersed: Relating and Learning Chapter 6 Making Every Minute and Day Count Chapter 7 Joining Mentoring Networks and Programs Chapter 8 Practicing Comentoring and Reciprocity Part 9 Establishing Leadership: Receiving and Giving Chapter 10 Gaining Disseminating and Publishing Skills Chapter 11 Recognizing and Overcoming Job-Marketing Constraints Chapter 12 Planning a Two-Way Mentorship Agenda Chapter 13 Postscript: Closing the Academy's Door Chapter 14 Appendix A: Program Dos for Thesis/Dissertation Writers Chapter 15 Appendix B: Reflecting Student Input in a Faculty Supporting Letter Chapter 16 Appendix C: Initiating Communications with Doctoral Committee Chapter 17 Appendix D: Documenting Changes on a Graduate Defense Form Chapter 18 Appendix E: Listing Amendments on a Dissertation Review Form Chapter 19 Appendix F: Cover Letter Accompanying Manuscript Submission Chapter 20 Appendix G: Summary of Changes Accompanying Reworked Paper Chapter 21 Appendix H: Academic Review of a Paper Submitted to a Journal Chapter 22 Appendix I: Cover Letter for an Assistant Professor Position
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