Theories and Practices
Edited By Diana Trebing and Ahmet Atay
chapter 5 Collaborative Cultural Mentoring: An Academic Compass
I did not want to write this essay for a variety of reasons, partly because writing this essay meant reflecting on my mentoring relationships. It also meant that in order to write an autoethnographic piece, I needed to remember my academic journey and my time in all the institutions I attended, an emotional task I did not want to undertake. To flesh out my stories and theorize about mentoring, I knew I had to emotionally and mentally return to my life as a graduate student and a junior faculty and my mentoring experiences, all of which requires meaningful reflections. Writing about the past requires reliving the pain, the joy, and sometimes the loneliness of academia. I also did not want to write this essay because it meant that my writing, stories, and experiences might resonate with you as a reader, impact your life, and invite you to think about how you make sense of your mentoring relationships as a mentor or mentee.
In this autoethnographic essay, through personal stories, I will examine the role and types of mentoring in the different stages of our academic journeys. Collectively, these stories are threaded together to illuminate different facets of mentoring relationships, which range from academic advising to mentoring in research, and from tenure to promotion processes. The stories also highlight the role that the differences in and dimensions of our cultural identities play in mentoring, who is being mentored, how mentoring relationships are established, and who...
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