Join the OWHE Mutual-Mentorship Program!

NEW! Now open to conference and non-conference attendees for 2018!

What is the Mutual Mentoring Model?

The OWHE Mentorship Program is taking on a new structure this year based on feedback from participants. The traditional model of the one-on-one, hierarchical mentoring relationship works for some, but can be challenging when your mentor is chosen for you. To address this challenge, the 2018 program will be structured around a network-based model of support called mutual mentoring. Mutual mentoring encourages professionals to cultivate a variety of mentor relationships to address specific areas of knowledge and expertise. For example, you may have one mentor that can help with the tenure process, and another who rocks at balancing her career in higher ed and as a mom. Mutual mentoring also acknowledges the fact that we all have knowledge to share no matter if we’ve been in the field for 6 months or 20 years.

Mutual Mentoring is a hybrid of traditional mentoring and professional networking which encourages a focus on self-identified needs/goals rather than “one-size-fits-all.” It encourages professionals to create a network of multiple, diverse mentors. It is a proactive, empowering approach to mentoring, encouraging professionals to take initiative to seek out support rather than wait for it to show up. It also provides opportunities to be mentored and mentor others (Sorcinelli, 2016).

In short, mutual mentoring is self-driven, functional and flexible!

Sign up for the mentorship program and attend the mentorship breakfast at the 2018 conference! At the breakfast, we will have participants group up with folks based on their wants/needs/goals. We’ll have 2 rounds of networking, so participants will get a chance to meet folks who could mentor them in a specific area and meet folks who they could mentor in another area. This process allows us to take control of our mentorship experience and add more colleagues to our current mentorship network, as many of us already have great mentorship relationships established outside of OWHE.

Some topics of interest that will frame our process are:

  • New Professionals Career Resources/Development
  • Mid-level professionals – Expanding career experiences
  • Functional Area Support – Academic Advising, Teaching, Identity Development/Support, Student Life, etc.
  • Higher Education Abroad
  • Professional Growth, Support, Guidance
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Career Moms
  • Navigating Career Barriers
  • Graduate School/Ph.D. Support
  • Leadership Skills in Higher Education
  • Deciding Career Pathways
  • Interview and Job Search Prep
  • Conflict Resolution and Communication
  • Self-Care, Balance, Well-being
  • Negotiating Strategies
  • Women of Color Experiences
  • Career Satisfaction/Success​

All levels of experience are welcome!

  • Graduate Students (Current and Recent Graduate Students) - Gain insight in thriving in graduate school, building your professional persona and network, and finding your ideal entry level position at the institution that is your best fit.
  • Early Career (1-5 years in the field) - Gain insight in making strides and creating change in your current position; cultivating experiences and skills to meet your long term goals in higher ed; and achieving success in your field.
  • Ph.D. Students (Current and Prospective) - Gain insight regarding earning your Ph.D. from the application process to the dissertation process.
  • Mid to Advanced Career (5+ years in the field, both Masters & Ph.D) - Gain insight of principles of successful leadership and discuss best practices for managing your career.

Mentorship Meet-Up at the Annual Conference

During the 2018 conference, all those involved in the mentorship program will connect with mentorship partner(s) and create the foundation for their mentorship relationship throughout the year. This meet-up will kick off the mentorship year with a great start! More info to come.

Sign Up for the OWHE Mentorship Program!


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Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.