Networking and mentoring of colleagues have always been central to the BTES mission, and have been facilitated through the Biennial BTES conferences. With the launching of the new website, BTES has created additional opportunities for members to find a mentor, or serve as a mentor.
In addition, we seek to refresh and build a list of experienced academics who might be asked to serve as outside reviewers for faculty Promotion & Tenure dossiers.
To kick-off this project, names of potential mentors and those who wish to find mentors beyond their existing networks have been identified through surveys conducted at the 2017 BTES Biennial Conference and an online survey of members. The initial matches have been completed for first group. Pairings were made based on a combination of teaching, scholarship and academic experiences.
If you are a member of BTES and wish to serve as a mentor or become a mentee, just complete the membership survey and you will be placed on our list and we will get you matched up if at all possible.
What to Expect as a Mentor or Mentee
The effectiveness of a mentor/mentee relationship is dependent upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to shared interests and expertise, academic experience, ability to develop a relationship of trust, and individual personalities.
To get started, it is suggested that both mentee and mentor put together a list of things they hope to gain from the professional relationship before the first conversation. To begin with, a “get to know you conversation” can help break the ice and help set the stage for a discussion about how each might work best with the other to achieve their respective goals. Remember, it is a two-way conversation and an opportunity for both partners to develop professionally.
No one mentor can provide everything, and it is expected that mentees, no matter the rank, would have a several mentors to help them through her or his professional life. With the BTES Mentor, we hope that it will provide one point of contact in the building technology work, and open the door to finding and developing other networks and/or mentoring relationships.
Would you like to know more about mentoring?
There are excellent resources available about being a mentor or mentee that you may find of interest. The Tomorrow’s Professor Faculty Development blog by Richard Reis of Stanford University is an excellent resource. Developed for those pursuing academic careers in science and engineering, the information provided reaches beyond those disciplines. For a start, view the following postings:
“New Faculty Tips on Having a Successful Mentoring Experience”. Tomorrow’s Professor Postings.
“Using Mentoring as a Form of Professional Learning: Tomorrow’s Academic Careers” Tomorrow’s Professor Postings.
From an outreach and engagement perspective, take a look at the following article:
“Keys to Successful Mentoring Relationships”. Teresa Byington. Journal of Extension, Dec 2010, Vol 48, No 6.
For research on effectiveness of mentoring:
A quantitative review of mentoring research: Test of a model. John D Kammeyer-Mueller, Timothy A Judge. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
The state of mentoring research: A qualitative review of current research methods and future research implications. Allen, Eby, O’Brien, Lentz. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
For more information on the BTES Mentoring Program contact:
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