On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty

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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007 - Education - 260 pages
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On Being a Mentor is the definitive guide for faculty in higher education who wish to mentor both students and junior faculty. It features strategies, guidelines, best practices, and recommendations for professors who wish to excel in this area. Written in a pithy style, this no-nonsense guide offers straightforward advice about managing problem mentorships and measuring mentorship outcomes. Practical cases studies, vignettes, and step-by-step guidelines illuminate the process of mentoring throughout.

Other outstanding features include:

  • research-based advice on the rules of engagement for mentoring, mentor functions, qualities of good mentors, and methods for forming and managing student-faculty relationships;
  • summaries of the common mentoring relationship phases and guidance for adhering to ethical principles when serving as a mentor;
  • guidance about mentoring specific populations, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and protégés who differ from the mentor in terms of sex and race; and
  • recommendations for department chairs and deans on how to foster an academic culture of mentoring.

On Being a Mentor is intended for professors, department chairs, and deans in a variety of educational settings, including colleges, universities, and medical and law schools and is suitable for professors in all fields of study including the sciences, humanities, psychology, education, and management.

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About the author (2007)

W. Brad Johnson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the United States Naval Academy and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Johnson has authored more than 75 articles and book chapters, and five books in the areas of ethical behavior, mentoring, and counseling.

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