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

Houchens 105

When Mar 29, 2013
from 12:00 pm to 02:00 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. 
In this final session, the Learning Community group will join with the DGS Reading Group that has been discussing parallel graduate student mentoring issues in their own meetings. Putting the Directors of Graduate Studies from across departments in shared conversation with interested faculty and graduate students begins to bring the work of revisioning and revising graduate programming where it belongs: in the departments (Golde et al., 2009, p. 8). The focus of this discussion will be on how we can get our departments invested in rethinking and purposefully engaging with questions of mentorship and graduate student development. We will discuss and evaluate possible models for departments to initiate conversation and change in their departments, and will include developing action steps for fostering departmental buy-in. 
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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