Theories and Practices
Edited By Diana Trebing and Ahmet Atay
Introduction: Theoretical Approaches to Mentoring
Ahmet Atay and Diana Trebing
Over the years, as the editors of this book, we had several deep and meaningful conversations about mentoring. Since we both graduated from the same doctoral program, our conversations allowed us to remember mentoring that we received, mentoring that we wish we had, and types of mentoring that we did not want to have. These ongoing conversations not only allowed us to reflect on mentoring as an act and as a relationship, but they also enabled us to co-construct a narrative that helped us to become more effective, mindful, advocate-centered, and culturally attuned mentors. We are not perfect mentors by any means, but we are willing to have these much-needed conversations and discussions about mentors and mentoring, and more importantly, who is doing mentoring, who is being mentored, and who is left behind. These conversations are the premise of this book. The joys and frustrations related to these discussions led us to organize panels at regional and national conferences, and also pushed us to take leadership and mentoring roles to mentor others, including undergraduate and graduate students, and junior faculty within and outside of our immediate contexts. We believe that mentoring plays a crucial role in academic settings for undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior and mid-career faculty. This book embodies these commitments.
Although we carried out informal conversations about how much we were or were not mentored, together we also had conversations about the ways in...
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