Making the Most of Mentoring Relationships

Sheila W. Chauvin, PhD, MEd

Image of Sheila ChauvinSheila Chauvin, PhD, is founding Director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development, School of Medicine and the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship, and a Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is an author and national director of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program that is affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She has 42 years of professional experience and is well-known for her expertise and achievements including in: educational research, teaching/learning effectiveness, faculty development, curriculum and educational program development, development and implementation of assessment and evaluation systems, educational leadership and change processes.

Making the Most of the Mentoring Relationship

Kram* (1985) identified two main functions of mentoring: (1) career development and enhancement to nurture work productivity and (2) psychosocial, including relationship development, to foster work satisfaction. In this interview Dr. Chauvin discusses the types of supportive relationships which come together under the umbrella of mentoring alongside the five stages of the mentoring relationship.  The interplay of organizational context and mentor and mentee behaviors that can influence mentoring effectiveness are also discussed..

At the end of the professional development byte you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the various types of supportive relationships
  • Describe the five stages of mentoring
  • Adopt at least one new strategy to enhance their engagement in mentoring

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  1. Daloz LA, (1999), Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass
  2. Johnson, WB (2007)  One Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty. Lawrence Erlbaum
  3. Murray M (2001)  Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effect Mentoring Process. Jossey-Bass. 
  4. Zachary, LJ (2000)  The Mentor's Guide. Jossey-Bass. 2000

* Kram , KE (1985) mentoring at Work. Developmental Relationships in Organizational Life. Glenview, IL. Scott Foresman and Company

Release date June 1, 2017

Expiration date, May 31, 2020

Dr. Chauvin has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships