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WHAT IS MEANT BY MUTUAL MENTORING?

Mentoring in higher education has traditionally taken the form of a one-on-one, hierarchical relationship in which a senior faculty member takes a junior faculty member “under his/her wing.”  Mutual Mentoring can complement a traditional mentoring model and encourages the development of a wide variety of mentoring partnerships to address specific areas of knowledge and expertise.  Research indicates that mutual mentoring is particularly effective in the support of women and faculty of color. 

MUTUAL MENTORING EXPANDS “MENTORING” BY FOCUSING ON 

-Self-identified needs and goals, rather than generic, one-size-fits-all knowledge
-A network of multiple, diverse mentors, (peers, near-peers, senior faculty, chairs, same-race/cross-race, same- gender/cross-gender);
-A variety of formats for mentoring (one-on-one, group, face-to-face, online);
-A more intentional, proactive approach to mentoring; 
-Reciprocal/relational vs. hierarchical mentoring; and
-In sum, mentoring that is faculty-driven, functional, and flexible.

See  mutual mentoring program rational and description in the Mutual Mentoring Guide,  by Mary Deane Sorcinelli &Jung Yun.

The Center for Faculty Excellence offers funding to support the formation and meetings of small groups of faculty for mutual mentoring with the goal to explore mutual mentoring to support all faculty at every career stage.  Applications are available here. 

Contact the Center for Faculty Excellence, cfe@ithaca.edu for further information