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Faculty and Graduate Student Learning Community: Mentoring

Houchens 105

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When Oct 05, 2012
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
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Following up on the enthusiasm of attendees at the Spring 2012 Mentoring Kick-Off event, and building on the ideas generated there, SIGS has denoted 2012-13 as the Year of the Mentor and is sponsoring a series of mentoring learning communities and workshops to continue this conversation, including this faculty-graduate student learning community. 
 
Many studies about mentorship recognize the value of considering the lived experience of graduate students and faculty and putting these groups in conversation about mentoring perceptions, expectations and aspirations. This series of conversations will center around developing a shared notion of mentorship and intellectual community that is responsive to the changing needs of graduate students and universities in the 21st century. 
 
Each session in this series will build on a shared reading that the group will have read in advance of the session. Faculty and students will use the reading to reflect on the graduate experience in their own departments and disciplines, and reflections will be shared and developed as the learning community develops. 
 
This first session is focused on understanding "where we are" in terms of graduate student programming and mentoring. In advance of the meeting, participants are asked to read an excerpt from At Cross Purposes: What the Experiences of Today's Doctoral Students Reveal About Doctoral Education by Golde and Dore (2001) and consider the ways the results of that report align with, diverge from, or otherwise relate to their experience of their own disciplinary and departmental culture. At the session, the conversation will further probe the experiences of faculty and students at U of L. Adapting an activity from Building the Faculty We Need (Gaff et al. 2000), participants will share their individual views of collegiality, then do a brief writing exercise discussing their desires for change or improvement. Mentors will then break out to discuss mentoring strategies and mentees will meet separately to share concerns and discuss ways of becoming proactive with their mentors (Gaff et al. 28).
 
This session will lay the groundwork for the following sessions, which will delve more into the problems and possibilities of rethinking graduate education and mentoring for the 21st century. 
 
If you would like to participate in this session, please download the reading here and RSVP using the form here so we can be sure to have lunch available for you.
 
 
 
 

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