One criticism of traditional mentoring is that it teaches people how to succeed by playing by existing rules, thus reinforcing the status quo. But mentoring can also be a force for change.
Through mentoring, women who have succeeded on male terms set other women on the same path.
Schools cannot deal with inequality alone, but can help to provide joined-up support.
To navigate the toughest phase of their careers, junior academics need to know more than how to write research papers and apply for grants. Structured mentoring, based on their input, is a huge help.
Mentoring isn’t just good for the person on the receiving end. New research suggests those who serve as mentors benefit too.
Research suggests mentoring can be used to improve leadership skills among both junior and senior members of any organization.
Women in a lab.
Fellowships should recognise that women may have different responsibilities when it comes to domestic chores and care of the family. This influences their academic opportunities and career choices.
Mentoring can help build the confidence of young researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Mentoring can help build the confidence of young scholars in Sub-Saharan Africa, reducing the likelihood of brain drain.
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Nigeria’s medical community is mourning the death of medical professor and university administrator, Emeritus Professor Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to have high quality teachers.
Many new teachers leave the profession after only five years. Here are six steps schools can take to better support new teachers.
Professor Bongani Mayosi was a gifted researcher.
South African Professor Bongani Mayosi was a great mentor to many. Losing him to mental illness is a reminder that we are all human.
Good mentoring can open up entirely new worlds for university students.
Mentoring programs can be enormously valuable for students, both in terms of their academic performance and their professional development.
Much of academic philosophy, even on the African continent, is openly and unashamedly in love with the idea of the West as destiny.
Embarking on the path to a PhD is a scary business.
Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven’t been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Moroccan teacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani with his class. Research suggests that an induction year is extremely valuable for teachers just entering the profession.
The first year at work is the toughest for novice teachers. Induction, guided by more experienced teachers, has proved an effective solution all over the world.
Producing brilliant graduates is one thing – developing and nurturing those who want to remain in academia is quite another.
Universities in South Africa have tried to “grow their own timber” in a bid to diversify staff bodies. These programs haven’t been wildly successful. Why, and what can be done differently?
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer pumps his fist after besting Alabama in the Sugar Bowl this past January.
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For coaches like Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, it’s not just about X’s and O’s.
Role models and mentors can help one learn throughout one’s career.
Africa is a developing continent but there’s ample opportunity for careers in science that can contribute to science advancement as well as uplifting the socio-economic status of the continent.
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