94th ESA Annual Meeting (August 2 -- 7, 2009)

WK 13 - Mentoring for Success

Sunday, August 2, 2009: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dona Ana, Albuquerque Convention Center
Christopher Beck
Jennifer H. Doherty and George A. Middendorf
Increasing the diversity of ecologists is an important long-range goal of ESA. Key to realizing this goal is improved mentorship of both undergraduate and graduate students who are under-represented in the field of ecology. Although mentorship is vital for the success of students, as recently as 2006, the Women and Minorities in Ecology Committee reported a lack of female and especially minority tenure-track faculty to serve as mentors. Therefore, to increase the likelihood of success for minority and women students, all faculty need to play a role in mentoring students who are unlike themselves. Because most faculty find it easiest to mentor students with similar backgrounds to themselves, this workshop will provide participants the tools to mentor students who come from a different background. The workshop will build on the successful discussions on mentoring that took place at last year’s meeting. Our discussion this year will be facilitated by a professional with experience in helping faculty confront differences in cultural background and diverse communication and learning styles stemming from those differences that may be barriers to a successful mentoring relationship. We welcome graduate students, post-docs, new faculty, and more experienced mentors looking for new ideas.

Registration Fee: $0

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