Mentoring at Mid-Career: Developing Academic Leaders


One of the most highly touted high-impact resources for students, faculty, and staff in the academy is mentorship. The research is clear: mentoring matters. According to the literature, mentored faculty and staff report higher levels of work satisfaction, are more productive in scholarly and creative endeavors, and are more likely to take on leadership roles on their campuses (Lunsford et al., 2018). Our mentoring research and practice is grounded in the National Academies definition of mentorship (Dahlberg & Byers-Winston, 2019) below:

Mentorship: a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support.

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