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Toward better mentoring for early career faculty: results of a study of US geographers

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Interviews and a survey were conducted to assess both the structure and content of mentoring and advising provided to early-career faculty in geography. Results indicated three broad conditions for structuring effective mentoring: 1) regular, proactive meetings; 2) engaging diverse groups of individuals within and outside of a department; and 3) leadership, resources, and philosophical support for professional development from departments and institutions. Within mentoring relationships, early career faculty would like a broader range of professional and career issues addressed. Although drawn from one discipline, the data suggest ways of improving mentoring practice in other fields. Des entretiens et un sondage ont ete effectues de facon a evaluer les structures et le contenu d'un programme de mentorat et de conseil destine aux nouveaux professeurs de geographie. Les resultats mettent en evidence trois grandes conditions permettant de structurer des programmes de mentorat efficaces: 1) des rencontres regulieres et proactives; 2) la participation de divers groupes d'individus provenant du departement et de l'exterieur de celui-ci; 3) un soutien au developpement professionnel en termes de leadership, de ressources et de philosophie de la part des departements et des institutions. A l'interieur des relations de mentorat, les nouveaux professeurs prefereraient qu'un eventail davantage varie de sujets lies a la profession ou a la carriere soient abordes. Bien que ces resultats ne proviennent que d'une discipline, les donnees semblent fournir des pistes quant a l'amelioration des pratiques de mentorat dans d'autres domaines.

Keywords: doctoral education; early career faculty; mentoring

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13601440802659403

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA 2: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, USA

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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