In Faculty Development we are making mentoring a priority. We formally and informally connect new faculty with experienced peers in their colleges. This program is critical to new faculty members as it allows them to ask tough questions and it values the experience of our wonderful full and part-time faculty members. In the new and exciting “U-Courses” the leadership of instructors is put into motion by advanced peers who help students move through complicated course content. We also value the mentoring relationships faculty build with students in undergraduate research efforts which have been recognized by AAC&U as a high-impact practice.
Increasingly, we know mentoring is important for our students and our faculty, but questions persist:
What is mentoring?
How do I know if I am engaging in good mentoring?
I enjoy pointing out other people’s failings in public settings to embarrass them, does that count as mentoring?
While mentoring is as old as human experience, we are still figuring out how to value it in the academy. At Purdue it is increasingly valued in tenure and promotion. On our campus, it is the focus of an exciting and diverse exploration in the upcoming mentoring conference. See the message below for a chance to learn about something we almost all do, but we could all benefit from knowing more about.
When: Friday, October 16, 2015
Where: Colusa Hall 100A&B
[Register for one or multiple sessions, see conference schedule for details]
*No registration fees*
Reasons why you should attend:
- Mentoring helps people establish caring relationships
- Provides resources to help people learn and succeed
- Build mentoring skills that you could use in workplace, community, and education settings
- Opportunity to connect with clubs and organizations that are interested in mentoring, leadership, and civic engagement
- Learn how programs at Chico State implement mentoring into their organization
Interested? Register now.
For more information, contact Gina Tigri at the First-Year Experience Office at 530.898.3705 or visit our Experiential Mentoring Website at http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/mentoringconference.