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Itana and EDUCAUSE- COMMUNITY GROUP MENTORING PILOT - links to slides

  • Appreciation for those groups that contributed (multiple CG Leaders)
  • Participants included Chris Eagle, Matt House, Dana P. Miller, Dan Brubaker Horst
  • Resources: 
  • What did participants hope to get out of this pilot:
    • Dana: Looking for someone in a similar role, with similar struggles, but with objectivity by being outside, for more honest conversations
    • Matt: Similar to Dana, wanted to have conversations around issues experienced, but also "what should EA be in our environment" from someone else's outside perspective
  • Pilot Goals:
    • Mentoring benefits (increasing network, outside objectivity)
    • Introductions to Community Groups in EDUCAUSE
    • How this relates to other EDUCAUSE mentoring groups
  • Timeline: Aggressive; started in June
    • Pairs and a few triads (groups of 3) met online/virtually to keep momentum and give feedback
    • Those who could attended an event at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
  • What does peer mentoring mean to those participants?
    • Chris: Typically mentoring is senior/junior pairs, but here its about folks working as peers; working on things together that are valuable to both sides.
    • Different from coaching
  • Phases of the relationship
    • Identifying potential goals
    • Negotiating on goals and outcomes
    • Facilitating the plan and developing the relationship
    • Graduating will wrap up the relationship (only formally)
  • Participant expectations
  • Goal Setting - what kinds of goals are you hopeful your mentor might aid you in accomplishing?
    • Dana: Timing aligned for Dan and Dana to focus on developing annual goals
    • Chris: The overall goal with Matt was to use the EA Maturity Model to review the state of EA at their institutions
  • Used the SMART framework for goal setting
  • What were the most valuable insights? What would you do differently? What else do you plan to change as you move forward?
    • Dana: Goal setting can feel like a terrible, painful exercise but it's very important to have them, and to think about linking them to the goals of the institution, and still meaningful to the individual. Putting more effort into them to get more value out of the goals.
    • Chris: Peer mentoring provides for serendipity, including a paper Matt wrote called a "Career in Organized Anarchy" which will be discussed at a future date in an Itana call. Chris has shared it within his community and has seen the impact. This outcome was very unexpected, and the payoff was tremendous.
    • Matt: Clicked very well with Chris, and then they were able to focus on this serendipitous topic to the benefit of both.
  • Thanks to Matt, Dana and Chris for being willing to share their personal mentoring stories and relationships with this group.
    • Lots of the tools we use from this group are not super easy to translate or adopt locally, and having others to bounce ideas off can be a huge help.
    • We don't have a lot of EA folks around our own institutions, so having Itana and this peer mentoring specifically has been incredibly helpful.
  • What is the plan going forward to do peer mentoring again in the future?
    • Beth: EDUCAUSE will be continuing this, as it is considered to be quite a success.
    • Planning to start up with a new cohort in 2019.