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Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program brings together faculty, staff and students. It enhances mentoring practices and builds long-term professional relationships.
"I’m just thrilled with the program and am very supportive of how Engaged Learning has been designed for impact, follow-through, and intellectually mature engagement" - Dr. Carolyn Smith-Morris, ANTH

VIEW CURRENT AND PAST MENTORS LIST

Ideal Mentor

Engaged Learning, as well as other campus programs, requires students to work with mentors. The ideal mentor is:

  • SMU faculty, staff or other qualified expert
  • Member of the student’s academic department if the project content relates; if not, an expert in the project content
  • Identified by the student during the proposal phase and works with the student throughout the project's activity, presentation and report

Time Commitment

Time commitment varies depending on the project. It is recommended that mentors and students spend at least 15 hours together throughout the project. Teams can meet either:

  • weekly as in a directed study, senior thesis, departmental distinction or other independent study course
  • as needed at regular meeting time based on project activity.

VIEW TIPS FOR MENTORS AND STUDENTS

Excellence in Mentoring Award

The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. 

Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project.

Awardees contribute to the Engaged Learning initiative in the following ways:

  • Serve a two-year term on the Engaged Learning Advisory Committee's Mentoring Working Group
  • Present at least one Engaged Learning workshop on mentoring or other expertise during the academic year of the award

The Excellence in Mentoring Award is awarded at the Engaged Learning Expo.

VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST

 

Testimonials 

Jean Paul Destarac, SMU 2013
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Osang, Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipient 2013

"It has been wonderful working with Dr. Osang. We had a set meeting time every week. Without his constant guidance and support I am not sure we would have finished the entire project on time or have it looking like it does. I just want to thank him for helping me accomplish my goals within Engaged Learning."

VIEW JEAN PAUL'S REPORT

Afomia Hailemeskel, SMU 2013
Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Smith, Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipient 2013

"I have met few professors in my life as devoted to their student as Dr. Gretchen Smith. Her insight has pulled me through many obstacles I thought were unbeatable."

VIEW AFOMIA'S REPORT

Michael McCarthy, SMU 2012
Mentor: Dr. Monnie McGee, Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipient 2012

"I am grateful to the Engaged Learning initiative for supporting my work and allowing me to receive extensive academic mentoring and develop career-shaping professional relationships." 

VIEW MICHAEL'S REPORT