Through my social science research in various contexts, one of my striking realizations is how deficient we are at mentorship in both the church and the Christian academy. We observed this in our study of faculty development at Christian colleges. Most of these programs are for first-year professors or professors in years one to three. Little faculty development involved older scholars, and we found few administrative programs through which senior faculty were encouraged to mentor younger faculty in their field. Thus, we mentioned in the concluding part of our article, “imagine how robust senior mentorship might be if institutions actually provided incentives for senior faculty to engage in these kinds of mentoring relationships.” Christ-animated administration still has a long way to go.
In light of this need, we encourage you to consider attending the “Mentoring Matters” conference this September 22-23. We also suggest you check out the edited volume with editing or contributions from three CSR editors, Margaret Diddams, Jerry Pattengale and Todd Ream, Cultivating Mentors: Sharing Wisdom in Christian Higher Education