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As junior faculty progress within their careers an opportunity presents itself to provide this group with assistance in order to master the necessary components of teaching, research, and service expected within the profession. A key stakeholder within this support system may be senior faculty and the role they can play in fostering the career development of junior faculty.Junior faculty who are successfully mentored experience a wide variety of benefits that may provide a springboard to reaching both personal and professional goals and objectives. “Among these outcomes are an individual’s job satisfaction, research productivity, teaching effectiveness, socialization to the profession, salary level, and career advancement” (Bland, Taylor, Shollen, Weber-Main, and Mulcahy, 2009, p. 13). This project will examine mentoring and faculty literature in order to define the concept of mentoring, benefits, challenges, and various models to assist senior and junior faculty in working together in a collaborative effort to benefit both parties.From this literature, the presenter will provide a recommended plan to assist departments and/or institutions in implementing a formalized mentoring program to help junior faculty. This formalized mentoring program will also help in lowering the level of frustration for junior faculty and create a stronger learning community.
Michele M Welkener
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Kondritz, Michael B., "Mentoring Essentials: Assisting Junior Faculty with Career Development" (2015). Stander Symposium Posters. 685.
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