Peer Mentoring To Go Ahead With Digital Changes

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First year students will have the option to take part in the Peer Mentoring programme remotely this year. Certain Orientation Week activities will be offered virtually to students who cannot attend University College Dublin (UCD) campus due to COVID-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The metrics used to identify excellence, and on which current tenure and promotion decisions are based, have become a barrier to more exciting and innovative scholarship. Christopher P Long suggests an overhaul of tenure and promotion practices, advocating a holistic approach in which structured mentoring plays a key role and values-based metrics that will empower faculty to tell more textured stories about the impact of their work are developed …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 1 November]

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New teachers in mentoring scheme showing reduced stress levels

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New teachers who have taken part in a new mentoring programme show greater levels of improvement and lower levels of stress than other newly-qualified teachers, research shows. An ESRI report published on Wednesday examines the performance of the Droichead programme in which experienced teaching staff play a key role in supporting and assessing new teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Humanism in the humanities: what it means to be an academic mentor

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2012 by steve

“After attending the memorial of her late dissertation supervisor, Janine Utell reflects on a mentor who offered her something more meaningful than contacts and CV advice …” (more)

[Guardian Higher Education Network, 21 August]

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University mentoring programme a hit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2010 by steve

“A series of short films highlighting contemporary issues facing children from different backgrounds in Dublin were showcased at the Chester Beatty Library in the city centre yesterday. The films were the culmination of this summer’s Discover University Programme, which brought together 32 teens from disadvantaged and migrant communities in Dublin and partnered them with Irish and American third-level students …” (more)

[Stephen Mangan, Irish Times, 7 August]


Proof That Mentoring Matters

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2010 by steve

“Many discussions of efforts to diversify the faculty ranks include concerns about whether female and minority academics need mentors. Advocates for female and minority professors say that white men are more likely to learn informally from senior (male) colleagues about how to get ahead. Some skeptics dismiss these ideas, and suggest that the best scholarship gets published and the best academics rise through the ranks …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 4 January]


And another thing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2009 by steve

Canada“Let’s talk about paternalism. Specifically, what is the role of administration vis-a-vis faculty? Certainly mentoring has always been a part of the collegium, and it often works well (except perhaps, as happened to a friend of mine, when a ‘mentor’ confuses their ‘mentee’ with an unpaid personal assistant and gets them to pick up dry cleaning). But these sorts of relationships, with or without dry-cleaning, are between individuals. I am thinking more of a general attitude that one sometimes finds, an assumption of parental moral authority where none should exist …” (more)

[Miriam Jones, Living in Interesting Times, 21 April]

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