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Mentoring and Communication

Theories and Practices

Edited By Diana Trebing and Ahmet Atay

Although mentoring occupies a paramount role in higher education and is part of a faculty’s expected duties, nowadays increasingly so, it is not an area to which graduate schools pay close attention. There is no formalized training and faculty and graduate students alike are expected to know how to mentor effectively once they graduate or start a new teaching or administrative position. This book tackles two interrelated issues: the role and importance of mentoring in the communication discipline as well as critical/cultural studies and using critical communication to illuminate the ways in which students and junior faculty among others are mentored in higher education. The authors of these chapters present a position or an issue in regards to mentoring students and faculty or the lack of it in higher education. Their goal is to generate a scholarly discussion by utilizing qualitative and narrative-based research approaches and critical and cultural perspectives to promote awareness about the importance of mentoring. Additionally, the authors highlight some of the important issues in mentoring as a form of critical communication pedagogy and present some guidelines, ideas, and examples to mentor more effectively. This edited book will be helpful for various audiences. First, it will provide guidance for graduate students, junior and senior faculty members who are asked to mentor others at various stages of their academic careers. Second, it will help students and faculty who are currently trying to identify and work with mentors. And third, it gives ideas on what to do and not to do in successful mentor-mentee relationships.
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Ahmet Atay (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) is Associate Professor of Communication at the College of Wooster. His research focuses on diasporic experiences and cultural identity formations; political and social complexities of city life, such as immigrant and queer experiences; the usage of new media technologies in different settings; and the notion of home. He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015) and the co-editor of 11 books. His scholarship appeared in a number of journals and edited books.

Janine R. Beer (B.A., West Virginia University, 2019) is a M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. Her research interests are interpersonal communication in romantic relationships and organizational communication. She plans on pursuing a career in human resources.

Alexia C. S. Boswell (B.A., West Virginia University, 2019) is a M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. Her research interests lie in organizational and mediated communication. After the completion of her degree, she intends on working for Sodexho in the corporate communications department.

Stephanie M. Buggs (B.A., West Virginia University, 2019) is a M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. Her research interests are in social media, technology, and masspersonal communication. She plans on pursuing a career in social media strategy and analytics.

Dr. Alexandria Chase is the Associate Director of the William Pitt Debating Union and Lecturer in the...

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