Mission: The Mentoring Committee seeks to empower and support the professional growth of new members in the Academic Support community by providing resources to new members and facilitating relationships new and experienced members. The Committee will provide resources for program development, counseling, teaching skills, and scholarship to the Academic Support community. The avenues for providing this mentorship include:
- Focused sessions at the annual conference and regional meetings that explore topics of interest to newcomers.
- One-on-one mentorship with a more experienced member of the Academic Support community who can foster professional growth. Depending on the mentee’s desire, these relationships can be formal (such as assigning a mentor) or informal (such as providing a mentor directory that lists mentors’ areas of expertise).
- Continued development of online resources (such as lawschoolasp.org) that illuminate the best practices in the field.
AASE Mentoring Program
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby
Basic Guidelines for Mentors
The Mentoring Program provides all new (one to three years) ASP members an opportunity to develop a professional relationship with an experienced ASP colleague. We appreciate that each mentor/mentee relationship will develop differently depending on many factors. The AASE Mentoring Committee suggests that the formal mentoring relationship exist for approximately a year (give or take). Thereafter, the mentor may continue mentoring informally, if so desired.
Following is a list of potential ways that you as a mentor may assist your mentee with his/her transition to the ASP and/or Bar Prep field:
- Help mentee navigate his/her new role in Academic Support and/or Bar Prep
- Assist mentee with developing an ASP or Bar-related course
- Discuss various policy decisions and philosophies that mentee will want to consider in designing a program
- Share your own professional experiences with mentee
- Provide professional guidance and support to mentee
- Advise mentee about any issues affecting student learning
- Introduce mentee to other colleagues when appropriate
- Suggest helpful books and articles for professional development and curriculum
- Steer mentees to valuable professional resources
- Identify potential professional development opportunities
- Provide feedback on scholarly works
- Serve as a sounding board for new ideas
- Assist mentee with career growth
Mentoring is Reciprocal
Although the mentoring process focuses on the professional development of the mentee, mentors also benefit from the process. Potential benefits of serving as a mentor include acquiring new perspectives, honing professional skills, and deriving satisfaction from helping mentees grow personally and professionally.