Faculty Success through Mentoring

A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders

By (author) Carole J. Bland, Anne L. Taylor, S. Lynn Shollen, Anne Marie Weber-Main, Patricia A. Mulcahy

Publication date:

16 July 2009

Length of book:

232 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781607090663

Few things are more essential to the success of an academic institution than vital faculty members. This book is a rich combination of findings from the literature and practical tools, which together assist academic leaders and faculty in implementing and participating in a successful formal mentoring program that can be used as a strategy for maintaining the vitality of a diverse faculty across all stages of an academic career.
Faculty Success through Mentoring, the authors describe the tangible benefits of formal, traditional mentoring programs, in which mentor-mentee interactions are deliberate, structured, and goal-oriented. They outline the characteristics of effective mentors, mentees, and mentoring programs, and cover other models of mentoring programs, such as group and peer mentoring, which are particularly suited for senior and mid-career faculty.
Also included are tools that institutions, mentors, and mentees can use to navigate successfully through the phases of a mentoring relationship. One of the unique features of this book is its explicit attention to the challenges to effective mentoring across genders, ethnicities, and generations. No matter what role one plays in mentoring, this book is an invaluable resource.
Carole J. Bland, Anne L. Taylor, S. Lynn Shollen, Anne Marie Weber-Main and Patricia Mulcahy have compiled a superb and much needed book on mentoring in academic institutions. This well- researched and well-written book carefully develops the theme that mentoring facilitates faculty vitality, which is what has kept most of us involved in academia despite uncertainties in funding, and the vagaries of institutions and institutional administrations. The authors have pulled together the approaches and plans of many institutions, which have provided me with new ideas for my own institution. I believe that this book should be required reading for anyone involved in the academy.