Talking to the Mentees: Exploring Mentee Dispositions Prior to the Mentoring Relationship

The Chronicle of Mentoring & Coaching, Volume 2, Special Issue 1, 2018

7 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2018

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ZW Taylor

Texas State University; The University of Texas at Austin

V. G. Black

Texas State University

Date Written: October 15, 2018

Abstract

This study explores how postsecondary mentoring programs address mentee dispositions prior to the mentee entering the developmental relationship; in particular, how mentee dispositions are valued across mentoring program types, including peer, student-to-community, student-to-faculty, and faculty-to-faculty programs. Employing a quantitative content analysis, we examined 280 institutional U.S. postsecondary mentoring websites across four different institution types (public, four-year; private, four-year, non-profit; private, four-year, for-profit; public, two-year) and four different mentoring program types (peer or student-to-student, student-to-community, student-to-faculty, and faculty-to-faculty programs). Findings reveal 18.6% of programs articulated mentee dispositions prior to entering the reciprocal relationship. When mentoring programs did address mentees, most programs articulated mentor duties aligned with mentee expectations (47.5% of programs) and program outcomes for mentees (65.7% of programs) rather than what the mentee can and should bring into a developmental relationship. Ultimately, most mentoring programs valued mentee professionalism, open-mindedness, communicativeness, and responsibility, although there were marked differences in valued mentee predispositions across institution types and mentoring program types. The research team suggests a wealth of future research, including how mentee predispositions are valued across program types and how mentors perceive mentee predispositions prior to the developmental relationship.

Keywords: mentees, mentoring, higher education, college, university, relationships

Suggested Citation

Taylor, ZW and Black, V. G., Talking to the Mentees: Exploring Mentee Dispositions Prior to the Mentoring Relationship (October 15, 2018). The Chronicle of Mentoring & Coaching, Volume 2, Special Issue 1, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286598

ZW Taylor (Contact Author)

Texas State University ( email )

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The University of Texas at Austin ( email )

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V. G. Black

Texas State University

TX
United States

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