WIP: Perceptions of Effective Engineering Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Practices

Jennifer Hadley Perkins, Adam Carberry, Samantha Ruth Brunhaver

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This work-in-progress paper describes the perceptions of senior (tenured) engineering faculty on what constitutes effective mentoring relationships between faculty members. The perceptions of senior faculty constitute half of our greater effort, which seeks to identify and compare the perceptions of what constitutes effective engineering faculty-to-faculty (F2F) mentorship from senior faculty and junior (pre-tenure) faculty. The specific intent of this work is to determine what individuals and institutions can do to establish better F2F mentorship practices that effectively foster the professional growth of tenure-track faculty in engineering. Semi-structured critical incident interviews were conducted and thematically analyzed to capture reflections from senior faculty members on specific instances where they provided mentorship to junior faculty. Preliminary findings suggest that F2F mentoring should focus on making a human connection, leveraging professional achievement, and establishing support networks. Successful completion of this work will (1) shift the conceptualization of mentorship in engineering to include the unique considerations of F2F mentoring and (2) help seed future discussions on preparing senior faculty to be mentors and junior faculty to seek effective mentorship from senior colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Aug 23 2022
Event129th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Excellence Through Diversity, ASEE 2022 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2022Jun 29 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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