Mid-Career Mentoring

By Kerry Ann Rockquemore

In the spirit of continuing to question the tired and dysfunctional myths about mentoring that are pervasive in the academy (the meaning of mentoring, sink or swim, the limit of anecdotes, and mentoring underrepresented faculty) let me move to one that is both organizationally ineffective and individually debilitating: once professors receive tenure, they no longer need mentoring.

Mid-Career Malaise: Even though my specialty is working with early-career faculty, I’m increasingly asked to work with “mid-career” faculty. I’m never exactly sure what that means, but I typically end up with a room full of exhausted women who range from recently tenured to long-term associate professors. In other words, they are people who: a) are afraid of getting stuck, b) feel seriously stuck right now, or c) have been stuck too long in the middle of the academic ladder. I love doing these workshops because the invitation is typically a hesitant and vague combination of “we know there’s a problem but we don’t know what to do about it” and could I provide some appropriate “mentoring

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2011/11/28/essay-need-tenured-faculty-members-have-mentoring#ixzz1fA44ytZ4

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