Mentoring

Early in the academic career, it is important for junior faculty to identify, understand, and learn to meet the expectations of their profession if they are to achieve success.  To help facilitate the LEADER Consortium has assisted in the gathering resources that is designed to meet the varied needs of junior faculty as they establish their careers and seek promotion tenure success.

Mentoring relationship are typically thought to be as long-term and deeply involving, however short-term mentoring can be more focused and equally effective toward meeting professional development needs.  Even more important is that individuals who seek mentoring vary in relation to their need and goals.

Some seek out mentors for general support in relation to successfully navigating the norms, the expectations of their academic program, or how to achieve a balance between work and life.  Others seek advice for specific professional goals such as identifying and applying for funding or successfully publishing in a particular venue.

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Professional Organizations and Societies

National Organizations for and of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Organizations with Special Focus on Equity in STEM

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs, Washington, DC 20005
    http://www.aaas.org/programs/education/CareersAll/index.shtml
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Albuquerque, NM 87119
    www.aises.org
  • Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, Washington, D.C. 20005
    http://www.cpst.org/
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, White Plains, NY 10601
    www.nacme.org
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Washington, D.C. 20006
    www.gemfellowship.org
  • National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Arlington, VA 22230
    www.nsf.gov
  • Quality Education for Minorities Network, Washington, DC 20036
    www.qem.org
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
    www.sacnas.org
  • Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, Houston, Texas 77092
    www.maes-natl.org

Organizations with Focus on Equity for Women

Mentoring Tools and Resources...

For Department Chairs & Unit Leaders

Readings

Gender equity guidelines for department chairs. American Association of University Professors. Retrieved from http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/genequity.htm.

Luz, C. (2011). Faculty Mentoring Toolkit: A Resource for Faculty and Administrators at Michigan State University (NSF ADVANCEM Grant N#0811205). East Lansing Michigan.

Olmstead, M. (1993). Mentoring new faculty: Advice to department chairs. Committee on the Status of Women in Physics Gazette, 13 (1), August. College Park, MD: The American Physical Society.

Sorcinelli, M. D. (2000). Principles of good practice: Supporting early-career faculty. Guidance for deans and other academic leaders. American Association for Higher Education: Washington, DC.

For Mentors & Protégés

Internet Resources

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development
Website: http://www.umass.edu/ctfd/mentoring/index.shtml. This website includes additional resources, including examples of faculty-driven mentoring plans based on their program’s mutual mentoring model, a basis for the CoSM faculty mentoring policy.

Michigan State University, Faculty & Organizational Development, Office of the Provost
Website: http://fod.msu.edu/resources-faculty-mentoring. This website includes general resources for faculty mentoring as well as STEM discipline resources.

Harvard University, Office of Faculty Development & Diversity.
Website: http://www.faculty.harvard.edu/development-and-mentoring/faculty-mentoring-resources/mentor-resources. This website includes links to resources for mentors and protégés.

Best and Worst Practices in Mentoring “Minority” Faculty
This downloadable presentation addresses challenges faced by under-represented faculty and best practices for addressing these challenges.

Readings

Dean, D. J. (2009). Getting the most out of your mentoring relationships: A handbook for women in STEM. Springer: New York.

Luz, C. (2011). Faculty Mentoring Toolkit: A Resource for Faculty and Administrators at Michigan State University (NSF ADVANCEM Grant N#0811205). East Lansing Michigan.

Toth, E. (2008). Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia. University of Pennsylvania Press.

On-Line Mentoring Networks

Professional Organizations for STEM Disciplines

Aerospace

Agronomy

  • American Society of Agronomy, Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee, Madison, WI 53711
    www.agronomy.org

Anthropology

  • American Anthropological Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology Arlington, VA 22201
    www.aaanet.org

Astronomy

  • American Astronomical Society, Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, Washington, DC 20009
    www.aas.org

Biology

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences, Diversity Affairs Committee, Washington, DC 20005
    www.aibs.org
  • American Society for Cell Biology, Women in Cell Biology Committee, Bethesda, MD 20814
    www.ascb.org
  • American Society for Plant Biologists, Women in Plant Biology Committee, Rockville, MD 20855
    www.aspb.org
  • Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC 20006
    www.esa.org
  • National Association of Biology Teachers, Reston, VA 20191
    www.nabt.org
  • American Phytopathological Society, Joint Committee of Women in Plant Pathology and Cultural Diversity, St. Paul, MN 55121
    www.apsnet.org/

Biomedical Sciences

  • American Association of Immunologists, Committee on the Status of Women, Bethesda, MD 20814
    www.aai.org
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Women in Medical and Biological Engineering Committee, Washington, D.C. 20006
    www.aimbe.org
  • American Physiological Society, Committee on Women in Physiology, Bethesda, MD 22201
    www.the-aps.org
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Education and Professional Development Committee, Bethesda, MD 20814
    www.asbmb.org
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee, Washington, D.C. 20036
    http://asbmr.org/
  • American Society for Microbiology, Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology Washington, DC 20036
    www.asm.org
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Committee on Women in Pharmacology, Bethesda, MD 20814
    http://www.aspet.org
  • Biophysical Society, Committee on Professional Opportunities for Women, Bethesda, MD 20814
    www.biophysics.org
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Bethesda, MD 20892
    http://orwh.od.nih.gov/career.html
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, Careers in Science, Women in Research Poster Series
    http://science.education.nih.gov/home2.nsf/Careers
  • Society for Neuroscience, Committee on Women in Neuroscience, Washington, DC 20036
    www.sfn.org
  • Women in Biomedical Careers
    http://womeninscience.nih.gov/

Chemistry

Computer Sciences and Information Technology

  • Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    www.anitaborg.org
  • Association for Women in Computing, San Francisco, CA 94104
    www.awc-hq.org
  • Computing Research Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, Washington, D.C. 20036
    www.cra.org
  • Women in Technology International, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    www.witi.com

Education

  • Aspira Association, Inc., Washington, DC 20005
    www.aspira.org
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, Program on the Status and Education of Women, Washington, DC 20009
    www.aacu.org
  • National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA 22201
    www.nsta.org
  • Women’s Research and Education Institute, Washington, DC 20006
    www.wrei.org

Engineering

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Women’s Initiatives Committee, New York, NY 10016
    www.aiche.org
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC 20036
    www.asee.org
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee, Washington, DC 20036
    www.ieee.org
  • National Society of Black Engineers, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    www.nsbe.org
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, VA 22314
    www.nspe.org
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Los Angeles, CA 90022
    http://oneshpe.shpe.org
  • Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, Fergus Falls, MN 56538
    www.winup.org

Geography

  • Association of American Geographers, Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Washington, DC 20009
    www.aag.org
  • Society of Women Geographers, Washington, DC 20003
    www.iswg.org

Geosciences

Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics

Medicine and Health

Meteorology

  • American Meteorological Society, Board on Women and Minorities, Boston, MA 02108
    www.ametsoc.org

Physics

  • American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD 20740
    www.aapt.org
  • American Physical Society, Committee on Status of Women in Physics, College Park, MD 20740
    www.aps.org
  • American Nuclear Society, Professional Women in the American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL 60526
    www.ans.org
  • SPIE, Women in Optics, Bellingham, WA 98227
    http://spie.org/x10.xml

Psychology

Sociology

  • American Sociological Association, Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology, Washington, D.C. 20005
    www.asanet.org

Toxicology

  • Society for Toxicology, Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group, Reston, VA 20910
    www.toxicology.org

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