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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Druckformat: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2017019277
pages 121-145

MENTORING WOMEN AND MINORITY FACULTY IN ENGINEERING: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MENTORING NETWORK APPROACH

Ziyu Long
Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University, 1783 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1783, USA
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave, CIS 1040, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-7800, USA
Klod Kokini
School of Mechanical Engineering, 585 Purdue Mall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088, USA
Robyn F. Wilson
School of Mechanical Engineering, 585 Purdue Mall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088, USA
Jennifer C. Batra
School of Mechanical Engineering, 585 Purdue Mall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088, USA
Lindsey B. Anderson
Department of Communication, University of Maryland, 2130 Skinner Building, 4300 Chapel Lane, College Park, MD 20742, USA

ABSTRAKT

Based on network mapping of 12 in-depth interviews, this exploratory study analyzes the configurations and evolutions of engineering faculty's mentoring networks. Gender, race/ethnicity, and academic ranking have shaped faculty's mentoring experiences. Women and ethnic minority faculty in our study tend to be more proactive in building mentoring networks, and their networks generally consist of more diverse nodes compared to men and majority participants' mentoring networks. Participants' mentoring networks evolve as faculty move up academic ranks—assistant professors have extensive mentoring network with diverse mentor nodes; associate professors experience a shrinking of mentoring networks; and full professors assume the role of mentors in others' mentoring networks. Findings suggest a multidimensional and evolutionary network approach has the potential to offer holistic understandings of mentoring and important theoretical and practical implications to women and minority engineering faculty development and inclusivity.


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