ACU Mentoring

Mentoring in higher education

Mentoring in Higher Education explores how mentoring may foster the intellectual development and career aspirations of staff within the changing landscape of higher education. New constellations or networks for mentoring practices are outlined along with essential factors underpinning successful mentoring programs and relationships.

Module One: Mentoring in higher education in the age of ‘wicked’ problems
Module Two: Effective mentoring for staff and students in higher education
Module Three: Innovative models for mentoring
Module Four: Sustaining effective mentoring networks

The academic landscape is far different today than it was three decades ago when formal mentoring programs were introduced into higher education…It is a competitive environment, where collaboration is talked about, but more difficult to act upon; where time is such a limited commodity that only projects approved and rewarded by management are undertaken. What is needed is the development of more collaborative models to fit the contemporary landscape – more innovative and meaningful ways to develop professionally as colleagues who are equal but different. (Darwin & Palmer , 2009, p.126)

Reference: Darwin, A., & Palmer, E. (2009). Mentoring circles in higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 28(2), 125-136.