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Lang (2005) and Karanovich (2010) published their personal lessons learned and experiences from life on the tenure track. Researchers and junior faculty recognize the need to help aspiring and junior faculty to succeed without having to learn everything “the hard way.” Other professors have also shared their advice on the transition to professorate.

In 2007 nine professors new to the professoriate used a narrative approach to publish an article to give voice to those making the journey from the role of school administrator to that of university professors (Coleman et al., 2007). The questions posed to the participants centered on the benefits, disadvantages, and suggestions on ways to assist peers transitioning to a position in higher education. The authors noted that throughout the interactions and dialogue of the participants, they discovered the transition process could be described as a ‘struggle.’ “Within this struggle, we were able to determine four categories of struggle that were experienced during the transition: (1) struggle with the role; (2) struggle with self; (3) the cultural struggle; and (4) the struggle for the future” (p. 68). The authors acknowledge that the attempt to balance the struggles can often be daunting and they affirm it is difficult to navigate the culture and politics of the university setting. They stated, “The university must support a systemic, systematic, and coherent mentoring process" (p. 74).

Sampson and Tareilo (2009) gained advice from fellow professors with suggestions for a successful transition from PK-12 administration to higher education faculty. Some of the suggestions were network through professional organizations, focus on purposeful activities, work hard, learn the reward system of the university and the pecking order of the department, realize there will be no secretarial support, self-discipline your time, and persevere on submitting manuscripts for publication.

Research on mentoring for success in higher education:

The research on mentoring crosses several disciplines including medical, business, and education . Grackowski (2010) examined transitioning for occupational therapists and found that quality mentor programs needed supportive and confidential mentors who helped with instructional methods for teaching and the design of the courses. However, Grackowski (2010) found that there was limited time for research collaboration. He further found that mentorship programs were not offered to any of the participants in the study although all of their participants would have liked a mentor.

Mentoring for new higher education faculty is not a recent phenomenon. Gerdes (2003) contacted 98 women who had taken an assistant professorship during the 1970’s. The interviewed women, over 30 years ago, suggested that women find mentorship.

Then, in 2004, researchers surveyed 247 female tenure and tenure-track faculty at one university. They found that mentorship was extremely important to their satisfaction. (August&Waltman, 2004). Gibson (2006) interviewed nine women faculty who had received mentoring. She found that a mentoring experience helped the women feel a connection, affirmed their worth, lessened the sense of being alone, gave someone who cared about them, acted in their best interests, and helped them understand that politics are part of everyone’s experiences.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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