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Mentoring, Leadership Focus of Book

Through hour after hour of community service and on-campus programs such as Learn to Lead and HWS Leads, leadership has been not only a goal at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, but an achievement. It is a quality that the Colleges value highly and is reflected in the work of students, staff and faculty.

Lynn Shollen, Leadership Development Coordinator at the Centennial Center for Leadership, highlights the importance and rewards of quality leadership with regard to mentoring as recent co-author of “Faculty Success through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders,” which describes the benefits of mentoring and how to engage in successful mentor-mentee relationships.

“Faculty Success through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders” by Carole J. Bland, Anne L. Taylor, S. Lynn Shollen, Anne Marie Weber-Main, and Patricia A. Mulcahy, is an insightful and unique book that provides empirical data from the literature and practical tools on various aspects of mentoring. It aids academic leaders, faculty and staff in establishing and engaging in a successful mentoring program that can be used to uphold the vitality of a diverse faculty throughout the various stages of an academic career. 

The authors explain the distinct advantages of traditional, formal mentoring programs, in which mentors and mentees interact with a goal and in a structured manner.  Not only does the book outline this method of effective mentoring, it discusses in detail a variety of other models of mentoring such as group and peer mentoring.  A vital aspect of this book is its explicit consideration of the challenges of effective mentoring across gender, ethnicity and generation.

Shollen earned her degree in higher education policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, where she was also a graduate research assistant in the Postsecondary Education Research Institute.  Her assistantship was connected to the Department of Family Medicine and the Medical School Office of Faculty Affairs.  Shollen’s research interests include leadership development, mentoring as a leadership initiative, identity and perceptions of leadership, and organizational culture.