Laura Gail LunsfordJun 3, 2021
How To: Create a Mentor Network
A Discussion with Laura Gail Lunsford
New Books Network 2021
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In this episode you’ll hear about: how mentoring differs from friendship, common (mis)perceptions of how mentoring happens across the academy, what makes a great mentor, steps to take when connecting with a potential mentor, and how to construct your optimal “board of advisors.”
Dr. Laura Gail Lunsford, author, scholar, speaker, consultant, and southerner. Dr. Lunsford is an expert in mentoring and leadership. She has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles, case studies and chapters on leadership and mentoring. She wrote the Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs, co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. Funny and engaging, she consults with organizations on effective mentoring and coaching. Presently, she professes psychology at Campbell University, a beautiful liberal arts college in rural NC. Laura enjoys her Japanese Zen Garden, cycling, kayaking, and karate (and holds a black belt in Shoto kan) in addition to eating her husband’s cooking. A Rotarian, she also volunteers with the American Red Cross.
Dr. Dana Malone, a higher education scholar and practitioner. She specializes in college student relationships, gender, sexuality, and religious identities as well as assessment planning. Dana enjoys delicious, healthy food, practicing yoga, and wandering the Jersey shore.
Listeners to this episode might be interested in:
- Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women by W. Brad Johnson and David Smith, Athena Rising
- Creating a Mentoring Culture: The Organization's Guide by Lois J. Zachary, Creating a Mentoring Culture
- Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs: A Comprehensive Handbook by David Kiel, Developing Faculty Mentoring Programs
- International Mentoring Association, mentoringassociation.org
- The Chronicle of Evidence-based Mentoring, https://www.evidencebasedmentoring.org/
- POD Network: Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, https://podnetwork.org/
- A Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs: Starting, Supporting and Sustaining by Laura Gail Lunsford, Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs