On Being a Mentor
A Guide for Higher Education Faculty
Psychology Press – 2006 – 272 pages
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.
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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.
"This book has multiple audiences and numerous potential uses. It can be used in graduate courses focused on student and faculty development and with cohorts and other groups where acclimation to the academy and relational learning are critical….the teachings of this book could serve faculty and administrators at all levels of experience. A final audience is mentoring scholars and researchers for whom this contemporary compendium of ideas and practices can further inform professions."
"…Such a guide is an absolute necessity for any faculty member who cares about learning the art of mentoring and self-evaluation in the process…I got drawn in from beginning to end."
—Carol A. Mullen
University of South Florida
"…The book will make mentoring a more practical process and provide a framework on how to do it…this book could become the authoritative guide for faculty, across disciplines in American Higher Education."
—James M. O'Neil
University of Connecticut
"The value of this book is that it offers an excellent and comprehensive coverage of the research with regard to mentoring…The author clearly states what the nature of the problems can be."
San Jose State University
"… Johnson's book offers bountiful suggestions for developing productive mentor-protege relationships and offers an honest picture of just how difficult it is to be an effective mentor… all of us can learn much about mentoring from reading Mentor…" - William Buskist & Christopher Howard, PsycCRITIQUES
Contents: Preface. Part I: On Mentoring. Why Mentoring Matters. The Contours of Mentoring. Mentoring in Academe: A Glimpse Inside. Part II: On Being a Mentor. What Mentors Do: Mentoring Functions. Who Mentors Are: Mentorship-Facilitating Characteristics and Qualities. Designing a Mentorship. The Seasons of Mentorship: Common Relationship Phases. The Ethical Mentor: Doing No Harm. Part III: On Mentoring Specific Groups. Mentoring Undergraduates. Mentoring Graduate Students. Mentoring Junior Faculty. Mentoring Across Sex. Mentoring Across Race. Part IV: Managing Mentorships. Diagnosis and Treatment of Mentorship Dysfunction. Assessing Mentoring Outcomes. Recommendations for Department Chairs and Deans.