Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented College Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Paperback)
  • Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented College Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Paperback)

Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented College Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Paperback)

Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 31/12/2015
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Designing STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented College Studentsis a step-by-step, research -based guide for higher education faculty and administrators who are charged with designing mentoring programs to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field of stem mentoring, the book constitutes a virtual consultant that enables readers to diagnose the issues they face, identify priorities, and implement appropriate practices to achieve their goals.

The book describes the real and perceived barriers that women and students from diverse backgrounds encounter when considering enrolment, or participating, in science courses; considers the issues they face at the various transitions in their education, from entering college to declaring a major and moving on to a profession; and sets out the range of mentoring options available to program designers.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620362969
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm

"In Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students, Becky Wai-Ling Packard addresses a longtime need of those seeking to develop more diverse and inclusive scientific and technical communities. To ensure access to useful mentoring for students approaching these communities, she provides a wonderful compendium of research-based strategies and insights that can be adapted in a wide variety of settings. I am grateful to her, as a colleague and collaborator, for having taken the time to provide actionable advice to the many who are in a position to provide mentoring that can improve learning, scientific discovery, innovation, technology development, and lives."--Carol B. Muller, Founder, MentorNet, and Executive Director, WISE Ventures
"Professor Becky Packard's book Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators is an important resource and handbook for all academics interested in increasing the diversity of the sciences. It serves at once as a compendium of the extensive literature from social psychology, education and other fields that documents the problems underrepresented students face and interventions that are working, and as a guide through that literature for those less familiar with it. Most importantly, Professor Packard presents adaptable plans for a structured approach to effecting change at three key points in an undergraduate student's career: entry into college, declaration of a STEM major, and post-graduate planning. With its focus on mentoring as a relationship, there are concrete ideas here for everyone working to solve these difficult societal problems."--Mark M. Levandoski, Professor of Chemistry
"Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students illustrates and elucidates Packard's considerable expertise and scholarship on an enduring and, for some disciplines and education settings, a seemingly intractable set of issues. Rather than 'tinkering around the edges' by addressing only several variables, Packard tackles underrepresentation from the perspectives of both students and of the education system they will encounter. This comprehensive systems approach is refreshing and, in many ways, unique. It offers evidence-based advice to those in higher education who are undertaking the critically important work of increasing representation of historically underserved and unserved students and helps readers understand where and how their roles and actions must be based on efforts that have preceded their own and how their own work will influence others in the system as students pass through it on their ways to STEM careers. It is a refreshing and much-needed approach."--Jay B. Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication
"For members of populations underrepresented in STEM (i.e., women of all ethnicities, persons from underserved racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities) purposeful and active mentoring is particularly important.

Packard's advice spans the academic landscape from pre-college students, to undergraduates, to graduate students, to faculty. In addition to providing guidance to individuals, she offers advice to academic departments as well. She provides guidance on assessing and enhancing the departmental climate in support of mentoring and accessing resources that might be available from national organizations. She suggests how mentoring can be integrated into the academic core of a department's courses, co-curricular activities, and faculty hiring, retention, and promotion practices.

This book provides a complete package. I believe this book will be immensely useful to individual faculty, department chairs, deans, and academic staff. More than simply a resource for individuals, this volume will provide a useful basis for workshops and seminars. It is a wonderful achievement."--Norman L. Fortenberry, Executive Director

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