Mentoring Junior Colleagues

One of the responsibilities that I’ve welcomed in my role as Teaching Professor is that of mentoring colleagues who are at the beginning of their teaching careers. I’ve shared teaching materials and advice from my experience with sessional instructors Dr. Joanna Lustanski, Dr. Ivan Chow, and Dr. Deanna Friesen. The mentoring relationships that I invested more energy in were those with PhD students who were teaching courses for the first time. I worked hard to share with them what I had learned through my years of experience, while also empowering them to make their own independent pedagogical decisions. These two letters from Cassandra Chapman and Angela Harrison show their appreciation for our mentoring relationship:

Angela Harrison Mentoring Letter

Cassandra Chapman Mentoring Letter

Author: Catherine Anderson

Director of the Gender and Social Justice Program and Teaching Professor in Linguistics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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