Mentoring Non-Tenure Track Faculty:
A Strategic Collaboration
Leah Wasburn-Moses & Mara H. Wasburn
How can faculty who are not
on the tenure track develop their career, avoid being overlooked, and
contribute to academic departments?
How can the pitfalls of conventional
mentoring systems be addressed and resolved?
These questions are
inter-connected, and in "Mentoring Non-Tenure Track Faculty," the
authors reveal solutions to both of them, applying their innovative
mentoring method to the case of non-tenure track faculty. This group
represents an increasing portion of higher education faculty, yet their
professional development is often neglected or under-served and their
potential contributions are missed. Providing for their mentoring needs
is critical and essential.
The authors enumerate the
shortcomings of conventional models of mentoring, exploring their
pitfalls for the growing non-tenure track faculty population. They
advocate for a more cooperative, group-based approach they call the
Strategic Collaboration Method.
Both straightforward and
detailed, Mentoring Non-Tenure Track
Faculty presents a clear case for a new kind of mentoring --
and then show how it can be accomplished. It will foster an inclusive
and dynamic atmosphere for all faculty.
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