The National Association of Holmes Alumni supports the professional development and leadership among its members and scholars of color to enhance research, practice and policy within the broader education profession. While upholding the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion, NAHSA seeks to foster collaborative relationships within the profession as well as organizational sustainability.
The National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) mentorship program is designed in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization, to support the professional development and leadership among its members and scholars of color to enhance research, practice, and policy within the broader education profession. The mentorship program offers a systematic process for supporting the establishment of relationships among mentors and mentees and utilizes the NAHSA mentorship spiral model as a guide for supporting the development of mentees as colleagues.
The Selection Process for Mentorship
Upon the completion of the NAHSA Mentorship interest form, the mentorship committee will make every effort to pair mentors and mentees according to their professional and research interests and the stated preferences for communication. Once pairing is made, the mentorship committee will notify both the mentor and mentee of the results and provide each member with contact information and a brief bio of his/her mentor/mentee. Because NAHSA seeks to maintain integrity of mentorship, a mentor will typically work with no more than two mentees at a given time.
NAHSA Support for Mentorship and Evaluation
Each mentor-mentee pair will be assigned a designated liaison from the NAHSA mentorship committee, who will serve as a resource. It is important that if either member has a question about NAHSA expectations or resources for mentorship he/she should contact the liaison or the chair of the mentorship committee. Additional resources for mentorship will be provided on the NAHSA website.
Each mentor-mentee pair should participate in the annual mentorship evaluation. NAHSA will use the data from the evaluation for the continuous improvement of mentorship procedures.
The mentor should contact the new mentee upon notification of the pairing and then meet with the mentee (in person, via telephone, electronically) on a regular basis. The mentor should provide informal advice to the mentee on aspects of teaching, research, goal setting, publications, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, etc. or be able to direct the mentee to appropriate other individuals and opportunities for professional development. The mentor should treat all interactions and discussions in confidence. There is no evaluation or assessment of the mentee on the part of the mentor, only supportive guidance and constructive feedback.
The mentee should keep his/her mentor informed of any problems or concerns as they arise. The mentee should be sure to keep all established appointments with his/her mentor, as the time of each individual is important. The mentee should seek to maintain open and candid communication, yet in a professional manner. When input or feedback on work is desired, the mentee should leave sufficient time (e.g., in the grant proposal and paper submission process) to allow his/her mentor the opportunity to review and critique drafts.
For additional information on NAHSA Mentorship, please contact Dr. Carolyn Walker Hopp, Mentorship Chair at Carolyn.Hopp@ucf.edu.
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