REGION 2 MENTORING PROGRAM

Welcome to the NACADA Region 2 Mentoring Page! Our region is committed to providing quality mentoring services. Since the creation the formal mentoring program in 2013, our region has provided expert guidance to professionals (new, mid-level and expert). The program is not just for our graduate and new advising professionals seeking mentorship but any advising practitioners looking for a professional connection at any point in their career in higher education.

Mentoring dates back to Ancient Greece. Did you know in Homer’s The Odyssey, Mentor was the trusted friend and advisor to Odysseus, King of Ithaca? Mentor was charged with the protection of the Ithacan heir, Telemachus, after the king went to fight in the Trojan War. Mentor took on the appearance of Athena to help guide the young prince through the difficult time he faced while his father (Roberts, 1999).

While professionals in higher education are not fighting physical wars, the need for help and guidance is necessary for all professionals. Consider how your overall experiences (educational and vocational) have been shaped by a person or group of people.

The NACADA Region 2 Mentoring Program follows the commitment of #NoMenteeLeftBehind. Adopted in 2017, this charge to the regional membership addresses the promise to match every applicant in the program with a mentor/mentee match.

The recruitment cycle for the mentoring program is throughout January and February. Throughout the time look out for special webinars and other publicity about Region 2 Mentoring as you will be able to learn more from past participants through the NACADA Region 2 Blog and Facebook Page.

Why should you become a mentor?
Johnson (2007) found mentors gained “personal satisfaction, personal fulfillment, creative synergy and profession rejuvenation, networking, motivation to remain current, friendship and support, and a reputation for talent development from their mentorships” (p. 12-13).

Why should you become a mentee?
Johnson (2007) found mentoring assisted mentees through “increased academic performance, productivity, professional skill development, networking, initial employment, professional confidence and identity development, income level and rate of promotion, career eminence, satisfaction with program and institution and reduced stress and role conflict” (p. 7-11).

Interested participates are required to complete applications for Mentor and Mentee should be completed by no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

** Attendance at the 2019 Region 2 Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, March 13-15, 2019 is required to be part of the mentoring program. There are required activities including the Mentoring Reception on Thursday, March 14, 2019 and Mentoring Wrap Up on Friday, March 15, 2019. **
Please reach out with any questions!

Best,
Gavin Farber
Region 2 Mentoring and Membership Coordinator

References:
Johnson, W.B. (2007). On being a mentor: a guide for higher education faculty. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Roberts, A. (1999). Homer’s mentor: duties fulfilled or misconstrued. Retrieved from
http://www.nickols.us/homers_mentor.pdf