A Faculty-Based Mentorship Circle: Positioning New Faculty for Success

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602998
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Faculty-Based Mentorship Circle: Positioning New Faculty for Success
Other Titles:
Encouraging Faculty Success Through Mentoring [Session]
Author(s):
Waddell, Janice
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Pi-at-Large
Author Details:
Janice Waddell, PhD, RN, jwaddell@ryerson.ca
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Multiple and competing priorities, within a dynamic and changing academic environment, can pose significant challenges for new faculty.  Mentorship has been identified as an important strategy to help socialize new faculty to their roles and to the expectations of the academic environment, as well as help them learn new skills that will position them to be successful in their academic career. In this presentation, the authors will report on the implementation and evaluation of a mentorship circle initiative aimed at supporting new faculty in the first two years of their academic role. The mentorship circle had five meetings over the course of the academic year. During the initial meetings the group shared their hopes and expectations for their involvement in the mentorship circle, developed group norms, and generated a number of thematic areas they wished to discuss over the course of the academic year. Examples of themes included developing one’s program of research, creating a teaching philosophy and dossier, preparing one’s annual report, and building a tenure application. A portion of the meeting was also dedicated to a general check-in to allow members to share and consult with one another about their day-to-day experiences of their new role.  Focus groups were used to gather evaluative data about the effectiveness of the mentorship circle in supporting their transition to their faculty role. All the mentorship circle participants were invited by a research assistant to participate in a focus group interview. Participants reported that the mentorship circle provided them with a culture of support, a sense of belonging, and a safe space to discuss their concerns and learn strategies from both mentors and fellow mentees as they accommodated to their new role. The interdisciplinary nature of the mentorship circle facilitated faculty members’ capacity to navigate their role and foster colleagueship.
Keywords:
mentorship; early career academic faculty; nursing education leadership
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15D11
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleA Faculty-Based Mentorship Circle: Positioning New Faculty for Successen
dc.title.alternativeEncouraging Faculty Success Through Mentoring [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorWaddell, Janiceen
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Pi-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsJanice Waddell, PhD, RN, jwaddell@ryerson.caen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602998en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Multiple and competing priorities, within a dynamic and changing academic environment, can pose significant challenges for new faculty.  Mentorship has been identified as an important strategy to help socialize new faculty to their roles and to the expectations of the academic environment, as well as help them learn new skills that will position them to be successful in their academic career. In this presentation, the authors will report on the implementation and evaluation of a mentorship circle initiative aimed at supporting new faculty in the first two years of their academic role. The mentorship circle had five meetings over the course of the academic year. During the initial meetings the group shared their hopes and expectations for their involvement in the mentorship circle, developed group norms, and generated a number of thematic areas they wished to discuss over the course of the academic year. Examples of themes included developing one’s program of research, creating a teaching philosophy and dossier, preparing one’s annual report, and building a tenure application. A portion of the meeting was also dedicated to a general check-in to allow members to share and consult with one another about their day-to-day experiences of their new role.  Focus groups were used to gather evaluative data about the effectiveness of the mentorship circle in supporting their transition to their faculty role. All the mentorship circle participants were invited by a research assistant to participate in a focus group interview. Participants reported that the mentorship circle provided them with a culture of support, a sense of belonging, and a safe space to discuss their concerns and learn strategies from both mentors and fellow mentees as they accommodated to their new role. The interdisciplinary nature of the mentorship circle facilitated faculty members’ capacity to navigate their role and foster colleagueship.en
dc.subjectmentorshipen
dc.subjectearly career academic facultyen
dc.subjectnursing education leadershipen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:41:09Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:41:09Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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