WCET's 28th Annual Meeting
How Mentoring Contributes to Higher Ed: Putting Research into Practice

Moderator: , Associate Vice President for Digital Education, Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, University of Nebraska
Speaker: , Lecturer // Researcher, University of North Texas // Royal Roads University


Mentoring experiences are initiated by establishing a trusting relationship; cultivating desired learning goals, and redefining new directions for our professional career paths. Both formal and informal mentoring provides learning opportunities for staff to develop skills, share knowledge, and foster community in higher education. As professional development needs grow and travel funding decreases, we are beginning to see an increase in mentoring programs and the ripple effect mentoring can have in our student support and advising practice. During this session, we will outline emergent research findings that explore how mentoring is shaping practitioners in higher education. Participants who attend this session will walk away with evidence-based practices for how mentoring experiences can best be supported and considerations when implementing a mentoring program within their own institution.