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Academic Partnerships at a Regional University Campus: A Fresh Look at Faculty Mentoring

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Penman, Joy; Willsher, Kerre
  • Journal Name: Education in Rural Australia
  • Journal Number: Vol. 17, No. 2
  • Country: Australia

Early in 2005, Joy Penman and Kerre Willsher, lecturers in nursing at a regional university campus, initiated a mentoring programme aimed at assisting Kerre.s smooth transition into a university academic role. Kerre is an experienced clinician but without experience in teaching at tertiary level, while Joy is an experienced academic both locally and abroad. The mentee-mentor relationship quickly developed into an academic partnership, where both of us were profiting from the relationship personally and professionally. The horizontal, one-on-one, and personally-driven relationship that eventuated was viewed to be more satisfactory in comparison with the vertical relationship described by most faculty mentoring programmes available. This paper presents a description, evaluation and analysis of the academic partnership that developed, highlighting the benefits of undertaking such learning partnerships in tertiary institutions.

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