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Hi, everyone.  I am a member of the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Committee.  We are currently reviewing the mentoring activities currently being offered through the EDUCAUSE regional conferences.  We would appreciate any thoughts you might have about how we can improve that experience.

Here are a couple of questions to get your thoughts rolling.
  • Is "mentoring" a good word to describe these activities, or would another word, such as coach, guide, or adviser be better?
  • What activities would appeal to you and encourage you to participate in a mentoring program, either as a mentor or as a mentee?
  • Can you envision how participation in such a program might enhance your professional development or that of your staff members?

The other members of the committee and I are looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Linda Deneen

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Linda Deneen, Director
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
ldeneen@d.umn.edu
(218) 726-7588

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  • Is "mentoring" a good word to describe these activities, or would another word, such as coach, guide, or adviser be better?
    • Hard to say, unless we review what those activities include. Here is the text explaining the one-on-one mentoring program at the SE Regional
      • Looking for someone to advise on your career path? Have a difficult personnel situation at work? Need to find someone to help you think through elements of a significant project? Want someone to review your resume? Whatever your issue, consider signing up for a one-on-one mentoring opportunity at the Southeast Regional Conference.
      • Members of the Professional Development Mentoring Team will be onsite at the conference in Atlanta. Each member of the team has significant experience in higher education information technology service, management, and leadership.
      • Each member of the team has agreed to be matched with attendees in a professional development mentoring capacity during the conference. These opportunities are limited and can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes during the conference. Links to the mentors' professional profiles are below.
    • Personally, I think of mentoring as a long-term relationship, but I think the term you use; coach, mentor, advise, etc. is unimportant since it is fully explained in the description.
  • What activities would appeal to you and encourage you to participate in a mentoring program, either as a mentor or as a mentee?
    • I don’t know that I would expect an “activity” outside of the arranged for session. I also can’t think of anything to encourage me to participate…it seems to me it will depend if I have a need.  If I have one of the questions mentioned above, I would take advantage of it.  If you are having low participation rates, perhaps if you had a Q&A session with a panel? I think the problem is still the attendees need to have questions that they’ve waited until then to seek an answer to.  Personally, I’d love to have Educause help me find a “mentor” for the long term.
  • Can you envision how participation in such a program might enhance your professional development or that of your staff members?
    • Again, what program exactly?  If we mean the one at conferences, only if I have needs at that time.  I think an opportunity for the long term would be better.  The problem for me is I’d want to pick the mentor that would work best for me.  It reminds me of what we do at ND OIT for our new hires.  We find them a “sponsor” who is not in the same chain-of-command to help them with stuff.  We work hard to find a good match…and I’d love to have a mentor from a different school – but my only concern would be that I’d want a good match…to me mentoring implies a relationship.

Just my 0.02 cents

 

 

Martin Klubeck, MA
Strategy & Planning Consultant

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