Lindsay Elrod Maxam


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Faculty members can play an important role in the development of graduate students. Faculty typically serve as academic advisers for graduate students navigating what experiences students have brought into the program as well as trying to map the best curriculum to match students’ academic and personal goals. In this relationship, it can be transformative or transactional depending on the input of both student and faculty with having different experiences. While advising is part of the faculty and student relationship, it is paramount for the relationship to also include mentoring and professional socialization. Through the socialization process, students need to be prepared to not only be a student, but also to be a professional. In addition, deeper immersion into graduate programs and other functions create new support systems, responsibilities, and opportunities like assistantships, clinical experiences, and other experiences that aid in professional socialization with faculty and practitioners. Students who are granted these opportunities have the learning experience while still preparing to be a full-time professional in their field concurrently (Weidman, Twale, & Stein, 2001).This presentation will explore the importance of faculty mentoring, advising, and socializing their students. It will also include best practices to expand the mastery of these skills.

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Michele M. Welkener

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Counselor Education and Human Services


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The Importance of Faculty Mentoring for Graduate Students’ Success