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The Catalytic Mentor - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • = Premium Content Log In | Create a Free Account | Subscribe Now Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Subscribe Today! Home News Opinion & Ideas Facts & Figures Topics Jobs Advice Forums $('#navbarbtnForums').attr("href", "/forums/"); Events Faculty Administration Technology Community Colleges International Special Reports People The Ticker Current Issue Faculty Home News Faculty function check() { if (document.getElementById("searchInput").value == '' ) { alert('Please enter search terms'); return false; } else return true; } $().ready(function() { $('#email-popup').jqm({trigger: 'a.show-email', modal: 'true'}); $('#share-popup').jqm({trigger: 'a.show-share', modal: 'true'}); }); E-mail function printPage() { window.print(); } $(document).ready(function(){ $('.print-btn').click(printPage); }); Print Share August 1, 2003 The Catalytic Mentor By PIPER FOGG An award-winning chemist at Rutgers U. takes students under her wingHere on the main campus of Rutgers University, Martha Greenblatt often passes buildings that were once part of Camp Kilmer, a military base that received European refugees in the 1950s. An internationally known chemist, the Rutgers professor remembers the camp from her days as a teenager from Hungary, alone and unsure of what lay ahead. Now her lab is filled with smart young graduate students from China, Russia, Turkey, and the United States. Over the years, she has had 27 graduate students and 25 postdoctoral students in her lab. Because of her own personal and professional experiences, she understands what they are going through, and she goes out of her way to guide them. That means pushing them in their research, encouraging them to make outside contacts, even coaching some in English, all to develop in them the skills to become independent thinkers and successful scientists. In the spring, Ms. Greenblatt, 62, received the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, given annually in recognition of significant achievements by a female chemist in America. The American Chemical Society honored her as "a leading solid-state chemist and scholar, teacher, science advocate, and outstanding role model." The award is particularly satisfying to her because it celebrates her serving as a mentor to young scientists. In addition, the university has made her a Board of Governors professor, the highest rank a Rutgers faculty member can hold. In any field, a great mentor can make a big difference. But, in the sciences, such a figure can mean the difference between a lackluster dissertation and a mediocre job offer, on the one hand, and a publication that is a catalys
  • In any field, a great mentor can make a big difference. But, in the sciences, such a figure can mean the difference between a lackluster dissertation and a mediocre job offer, on the one hand, and a publication that is a catalyst for a promising career in academe or industry, on the other. An effective mentor acts as an advocate, a role model, and a guide to academic and professional development.
Mark Morton

Organize anything, together. | Trello - 2 views

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    Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
Mark Morton

Thinklinkr: the best real-time collaborative online outliner - 0 views

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    From the homepage of this tool: "Thinklinkr has one of the fastest, simplest, and most innovative interfaces on the web and it will change the way you work. Meetings, brainstorming, and lectures will be fundamentally different for you. You will be more productive, organized, and connected with what's going on in your brain. Leave thinklinkr open for a day, use it to organize your thoughts, and you won't ever want to turn it off."
Mark Morton

http://www.personeel.unimaas.nl/maarten.wesel/Documenten/The%20influence%20of%20portfolio%20media%20on%20student%20perceptions%20and%20learning%20outcomes.PDF - 0 views

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     The electronic portfolio offers many advantages to  its paper-based counterpart,  including - but not limited to - hyperlinked navigation, adding multimedia and the ease of sharing the portfolio. Previous research showed that the quality of a portfolio does not depend on the medium used. This paper studies the effect of the portfolio medium on perceived support for self-reflection and on the students' learning outcomes. We made use of the fact that during this study about half of the first year medical students used an electronic portfolio (n=157) and the other half a paper-based portfolio (n=190)
Mark Morton

Do You Have a Bad Mentor? - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • In every assistant professor there seems to lurk a Karate Kid seeking a Mr. Miyagi who will train his acolyte to be a skilled warrior in the art of research, teaching, and service and impart pithy life lessons along the way. Such singular folks exist, and you may find one. But it's far more likely that you will find several mentors who, while not well-versed in all aspects of academic life, will offer good advice in one or another area.
  • Someone who got tenure 30 years ago may not appreciate what it takes to get tenure today. The young tenure tracker may not know, or catch on quickly enough, that the same mentor who is a wizard of statistical methodology is offering awful advice about handling disruptions in the classroom. Or perhaps the issue is transference: A scholar may excel at conceptualizing new theory, for example, but may not be good at teaching others to do likewise.
  • In the words of Ronald Reagan, one should "trust but verify."
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  • One sign that your mentors are actually qualified: They recognize and readily disclose their own strengths and limitatiOns.
  • sometimes when you select an adviser, you are also picking a fight, even without intention
  • So the perfect mentor is uncommon. But academe is overflowing with many honorable and wise men and women who give up their time and energy to help up-and-coming colleagues.
  • Sorting out the good mentors from the hapless or malicious is a matter of some nuance as well as necessity.
  • Not getting any advice about succeeding as a professor is unfortunate; getting bad advice can be worse.
Mark Morton

Are You a Good Protégé? - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • Someone who is respected within the field and has contacts who can help you with publications and jobs. Someone who is knowledgeable about the university and its politics and policies. Someone who takes the time to help with your studies and your career. Someone who does not exploit you. Someone who is not a disinterested observer of your career but cares about you as a person and is supportive -- like a coach cheering you on.
  • the profile is similar to how junior faculty members would describe their ideal career mentor, too.
  • The mentor relationship is alive and well in the sciences, where there is a strong tradition of senior researchers bringing postdocs and new assistant professors into their laboratories and grant projects. But in the social sciences and humanities, probably because of the difficult job market, relations between established scholars and newcomers to the profession seem strained.
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  • failing to seek, find, and keep a good relationship with a mentor during the tenure-track years -- and beyond -- is a serious mistake.
  • Establishing clear communications, sometimes across the borders of age and culture, is, thus, a key to clarifying what can be asked of mentor and protégé.
  • The good protégé also appreciates the borders of the relationship with a mentor. You want to be on good terms of course, but there is such a thing as over-fraternization.
  • Being a good protégé also means learning to accept criticism gracefully.
  • A useful mentor is one who is willing to give us bad news, but a proper protégé is one who is willing to hear it.
  • Both parties must be sensitive to the degree of independence the protégé wants (and needs) from the mentor
Mark Morton

One Professor's Dialectic of Mentoring - The ChrOnicle Review - The ChrOnicle of Higher EducatiOn - 1 views

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  • Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure
  • Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia
  • Ms. Mentor on its online Career Network
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  • I have come to recognize just how much my own development has depended on those whom I have mentored
  • personality contrasted sharply with my own
  • Marx's dictum that "even the educators need to be educated.
Mark Morton

A Helping Hand for Young Faculty Members - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • "She wasn't really familiar with my discipline, but she was able to give me perspectives about the institution from a different vantage point. I really grew to appreciate that."
  • an increasing number of colleges now rely on formal mentor programs, many of them campuswide, to give new faculty members guaranteed access to senior professors who can help them.
  • These days, actively seeking career guidance within the ivory tower doesn't hold the stigma for new professors that it once did
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  • "It used to be sink or swim." Either you were cut out for the professoriate, or you weren't, she says. "But now you walk into a new place and it's not shameful to need help."
  • baffling task of pinning down the right mix of research, teaching, and service that will lead to tenure.
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with the highest number representing "very important," the mean score for informal mentoring was 4.49. Formal mentoring was slightly less important with a mean score of 4.04.
  • "We try to have multiple pathways for people to engage in finding mentors,"
  • Officials at Yale University are fast-tracking efforts to shape the informal faculty mentors that is common on its campus into a more formal mentor process
  • Ms. Trower says that the more corporate mentorship mode — which includes training mentors and protégés, setting goals, and measuring the end result — isn't yet common in academe. Meanwhile, formal mentor programs do have at least one drawback: a mismatch can result in a strained relationship from which neither party sees a way out.
  • the future of mentor programs for faculty members should include outreach to midcareer professors
Mark Morton

The role of listening in interpersonal influence - 0 views

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    Using informant reports on working professionals, we explored the role of listening in interpersonal influence and how listening may account for at least some of the relationship between personality and influence. The results extended prior work which has suggested that listening is positively related to influence for informational and relational reasons. As predicted, we found that: (1) listening had a positive effect on influence beyond the impact of verbal expression, (2) listening interacted with verbal expression to predict influence (such that the relationship between listening and influence was stronger among those more expressive), and (3) listening partly mediated the positive relationships between each of the Big Five dimensions of agreeableness and openness and influence.
Mark Morton

Faking the Grade - Doc Zone - 0 views

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    "n a new one-hour documentary called FAKING THE GRADE, students, administrators, parents and teachers speak about their experiences around what's known as "Academic Integrity", while experts provide insight into why students cheat. Those experts say it's no surprise that young people cheat.  They see it going on everywhere in the world of sports and entertainment, and especially business."
Jane Holbrook

5 stage model of interaction by Gilly Salmon - 0 views

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    Individual access and the ability of participants to use CMC are essential prerequisites for conference participation (stage one, at the base of the flights of steps). Stage two involves individual participants establishing their online identities and then finding others with whom to interact. At stage three, participants give information relevant to the course to each other. Up to and including stage three, a form of co-operation occurs, i.e. support for each person's goals. At stage four, course-related group discussions occur and the interaction becomes more collaborative. The communication depends on the establishment of common understandings. At stage five, participants look for more benefits from the system to help them achieve personal goals, explore how to integrate CMC into other forms of learning and reflect on the learning processes.
Mark Morton

Co-op ed research study | News, Media, and Events | University of Waterloo - 0 views

  • WatCACE is one of only three major co-op research centres in the world. The other two centres are at Northeastern University in Boston and Trollhatten University in Sweden.
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    WatCACE is one of only three major co-op research centres in the world. The other two centres are at Northeastern University in Boston and Trollhatten University in Sweden.
Mark Morton

Digital Stories of Deep Learning - 0 views

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    This is one of my favourite intros to the potential of ePortfolios from back in the ancient day (2004).
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    This paper will discuss the concepts of "Electronic Portfolios as Digital Stories of Deep Learning" and "Digital Storytelling as Reflective Portfolio" by linking two dynamic processes to promote deep learning: Portfolio Development and Digital Storytelling. A major challenge today with electronic portfolios is to maintain learner intrinisic motivation to willingly engage in the portfolio process. The use of multimedia tools is one strategy that involves and engages learners; another technology that is engaging young people today is the web log or "blogs" and "wikis." But first, lets look at the issues that are turning learners off about the current approach to electronic portfolios, at least in Teacher Education.
Mark Morton

Stanford's latest iPhone and iPad apps course now free on iTunes U - 0 views

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    Learn how to develop you own iPhone and iPad app by downloading the "iPhone Application Development" course created by Stanford University. It's available on iTunes U. 
Mark Morton

i teach | exchanging ideas on teaching - 0 views

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    In general, research has found student evaluations of teaching to be a valid and reliable means to evaluate instruction. However, it is necessarily true that student evaluations reflect the students' perceptions and points-of-view. Therefore, it is important to view course evaluations as just one measure of teaching effectiveness-a set of data that can be used alongside peer evaluation of teaching, instructor self-evaluation, and other measures.
Mark Morton

When I Stopped Writing on Their Papers: Accommodating the Needs of Student Writers - 1 views

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    An instructor explains how and why she switched from providing written comments on student assignments to audio comments. 
Mark Morton

UW CIP - International Connections Report - Current - 0 views

  • The environment on campus is already international in many respects, due to a multicultural and diverse student body with many ethnic and international students' clubs. Exchange programs are a tremendous learning experience for students and interest in them is growing every year, as evidenced by the number of active student exchange agreements and students participating. Faculty coordinators work on a volunteer basis, and the success of the exchange programs is due in large part to their enthusiasm and dedication. Some exchange agreements provide possibilities for work terms abroad, and these are very attractive to students as a way of broadening their international experience and providing potential employment opportunities upon graduation. In spite of resource limitations, the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services has been quite successful in finding international placements for students. Waterloo has a strong National Alumni Council and alumni in approximately 100 countries around the world, many in positions of influence.
Trevor Holmes

Gene Expression: Graphs on the death of Marxism, postmodernism, and other stupid academic fads - 0 views

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    Kinda funny, iconoclastic etc.
Trevor Holmes

Solo taxonomy - 0 views

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    This page explains in a nutshell what John Biggs is on about; the SOLO taxonomy is a really nice alternative to Bloom from a different tradition entirely; however, it isn't without its own problems.
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Trevor Holmes

Soil Infiltration and Saturation - 0 views

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    One of my favourite learning objects of all time. I watched it being created by the late JOnathan Swallow with support from then-workstudy student Brad CarsOn when I was running the Interactive Learning Centre at Trent U. I loved how JOnathan was able to take something in the prof's head and recOnceptualize it / build it for students.
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