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Faculty and Graduate Student Learning Community: Mentoring (Session Three)

Houchens 105

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When Jan 18, 2013
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where Houchens 105
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Following up on the enthusiasm of attendees at the Spring 2012 Mentoring Kick-Off event, and building on the ideas generated there, SIGS has denoted 2012-13 as the Year of the Mentor and is sponsoring a series of mentoring learning communities and workshops to continue this conversation, including this faculty-graduate student learning community. 
 
Many studies about mentorship recognize the value of considering the lived experience of graduate students and faculty and putting these groups in conversation about mentoring perceptions, expectations and aspirations. This series of conversations will center around developing a shared notion of mentorship and intellectual community that is responsive to the changing needs of graduate students and universities in the 21st century. 
 
Each session in this series will build on a shared reading that the group will have read in advance of the session. Faculty and students will use the reading to reflect on the graduate experience in their own departments and disciplines, and reflections will be shared and developed as the learning community develops. 
 
For this third session, the group will read "Confronting Common Assumptions" by Maresi Nerad in Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future (2009). The reading discusses the problems and perils of preparing graduate students for uncertain futures, and the importance of addressing and valuing multiple career options.Acknowledging the limited job prospects and various career goals of PhD holders, we will discuss how we are preparing graduate students for jobs outside of Research One institutions, or not. This discussion will consider how programs might emphasize the teaching for which employees within academia will be primarily responsible, and translation of research skills to other professional settings.  
 
This session is part of an ongoing discussion between faculty and graduate students, but participants unable to attend the first sessions are still welcome and encouraged to join the conversation at this point. If you would like to participate in this session, please download the reading here and RSVP using the form here so we can be sure to have lunch available for you.

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