AOE Dynamic Work Group: Mentorship (Charlotte)

September 13, 2011

Develop a process whereby the AOE becomes a resource for mentorship and educational consultations.

Members present: Patricia White, Mary Hall, Vanessa McPherson

Refined Goals of the Work Group:

The Charlotte subcommittee of Mary Hall, Vanessa McPherson and I discussed Mentorship as an important endeavor of the AOE. This is a special interest of both Mary and Vanessa. We believe there is a need for mentorship of junior faculty, defined as those in their first five years of teaching. We believe that there are senior faculty members serving as associate or full professors or serving in major leadership roles who would enjoy serving as mentors.

We propose that a pool of interested senior faculty members provide a biographical statement and list of interests. This information would be in a “pool” housed at the AOE….really more like a library.

Junior faculty members (mentees) should be aware that this “living library” of folks (mentors) is available. Mentees should seek out mentors and “drive the process”. Mentees should set goals for the relationship and should be encouraged to seek mentors from either inside or outside their specialty. Mentees should not choose their “boss” or immediate supervisor.

Meetings of mentors and mentees should occur approximately every other month, but the mentee should set the agenda and frequency of the meetings, which then can be approved by the mentor.

Additionally, there should be support groups for mentors and support groups for mentees. These groups could meet quarterly to share best practices (sprinkled with some wisdom and laughter).

Action Items with Dates and Responsible Individuals:

Beat asked about how to involve the AHEC sites more fully. I believe that our members would truly enjoy some of the national speakers that are featured. Last year, however, none of these wonderful sessions were available on videoconference. I would advocate that these special events be held in rooms where the AHEC sites could join in. I will be happy to poll those members in Charlotte about their ideas on how to more fully engage in this great opportunity of AOE membership.

Plan for Next Meeting: