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Did You Know?
We acquired "mentor" from the literature of ancient Greece. In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home fighting and journeying for 20 years. During that time, Telemachus, the son he left as a babe in arms, grew up under the supervision of Mentor, an old and trusted friend. When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor and they set out together to learn about his father. Today, we use the word mentor for anyone who is a positive, guiding influence in another (usually younger) person's life. - Merriam Webster
What is a Mentor?
"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
What is the difference between Advising and Mentoring?
Mentoring relationships are longer-term, frequently continuing for years after the student graduates.
Benefits for Faculty
- Submitting Your Research Opportunity Faculty Submission Form
University Course Metrics for Undergraduate Research
The University has set definitions to outline different attibutes for courses offered. The following definitions are taken from University Registrar and should be considered when design curriculum for students engaged in, for example, for credit Research.
Courses that carry this attribute include meaningful participation of all students enrolled in this course in intellectual or creative activity, characteristic of the discipline. With faculty supervision, the student defines the topic, designs and carries out the methodology, and presents the results in a manner consistent with the goals of the activity and the course.
Courses that carry this attribute should include a meaningful participation of all students enrolled in the course in at least 15 hours of community service that is germane to the learning objectives of the course. The learning sites are normally off campus in community settings and the students are expected to engage directly with clients wherever possible. The participating students do so as volunteers in the settings but may receive grades for the course. This course does not have to be registered with the Service Learning Center.
Courses that carry this attribute should include a meaningful participation of all enrolled students in work experiences akin to internships (time in a work-place setting), or projects that have real-world clients, or products and outcomes, and /or engage students in activities that simulate workplace responsibilities and performance. The learning sites are normally off campus in work place settings though some on-campus activities may qualify. The participating students may be compensated and the courses may be graded and required for graduation.
Courses that carry this attribute should include meaningful participation of all enrolled students in learning activities outside of the United States. The activities should be germane to the learning objectives of the course and appropriate for the discipline. Faculty members directing these courses must be in compliance with university policies and procedures concerning international travel programs. The number of course credits should be proportional to the duration of the activity keeping in mind that a 1-credit on-campus laboratory course meets 30-45 hours per semester.
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- Innovative course design, 3D printing, and gamification strategies to be showcased May 4th The events on May 4 in Torgersen Hall will help faculty explore how to bring technology into their classrooms.
- Gordon Yee receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Yee has contributed countless improvements to academic advising, including new administrative pathways to assist in transfer student’s transitions and an entry-level course which gives students who struggle with math a “softer landing” into general chemistry.
- Allison Craft receives President's Award for Excellence Craft serves as the administrative liaison to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and has worked to establish the smooth transition from the Curriculum for Liberal Education to the Pathways curriculum.
- Dean Stauffer receives William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence Stauffer has been with Virginia Tech for 33 years and in his time has developed four undergraduate and two graduate courses, mentored 19 master’s and nine Ph.D students, as well as served on 74 master’s and 33 Ph.D. advisory committees.