Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 10, Number 2 (Fall 2004)
As a service to new faculty members in the Section on Statistical Education (EDUC) and as a potential way to increase membership, an EDUC mentoring program has been created. Members of the section who are in their first five years of teaching are now given the opportunity to have a mentor. The mentor will serve as a resource for the new faculty member with regard to academic issues (e.g., choosing a textbook, creating new courses, balancing teaching and research). Many schools already have mentoring programs in place, but an EDUC mentor can still be effective, as he/she can bring a valuable perspective from outside the specific college of the mentee (note: mentee = person being mentored).
The expectations of the mentor are fairly limited and hopefully not too time consuming: 1) Meet with his/her mentee while at JSM -- either through an official EDUC mentor/mentee event, or informally at lunch or dinner; 2) initiate contact with his/her mentee a few times during the academic year, either by phone or email; and 3) answer any questions that his/her mentee has during the course of the academic year. The official mentoring relationship will last for two years, although it can continue informally for much longer.
The program officially began this August with a successful mentor/mentee breakfast at JSM. There are currently six mentor/mentee pairings, and I am now in search of new mentees.
I would greatly appreciate your help with the mentoring program. Please contact me (via email or phone) if