The Curtin Academy Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) is coordinated through the Office of the Curtin Academy and its CAMS team. They are responsible for managing the delivery of the two mentoring schemes, The Curtin Academy Mentoring Network (CAMN) and the Curtin Academy Mentoring Circle (CAMC).
PROGRAM ONE_Curtin Academy Mentoring Network (CAMN)
The focus of this network is to assist academic staff to build their profile in teaching and learning nationally and internationally. Through the mentorship of Curtin Academy Fellows, the objective of this program is to support academic staff in developing new and exciting contributions to teaching and learning. As a result, the CAMN is a competitive mentorship program where eligible staff must apply via an expression of interest to receive this support. Academics at all levels – (teaching only and teaching and research roles) are encouraged to apply but must provide evidence that they are working on developing, or further enhancing, their national and international teaching and learning profile through innovation, leadership and the scholarship of learning and teaching. This national and international focus is consistent with the guidelines in the current Curtin University Academic Capability Framework, particularly at the Senior Lecturer level and above.
Some examples are innovative curriculum development that might lead to teaching national or international recognition, research supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning that might lead to quality publications, efforts to apply for competitive grant success in teaching and learning and building a national or international leadership profile in learning and teaching.
Academic Staff from any OneCurtin campus may apply and the number of mentees accepted will be limited to the Curtin Academy’s capacity to provide this mentorship. On successful completion of the one year program, the Curtin Academy will issue a certificate which mentees can use for their teaching and learning portfolio. Applicants interested in the CAMN should submit an expression of interest (EOI) and, if they wish to, include an endorsement from their Head of School or equivalent. This endorsement from their Head of School can be attached to their EOI in the form of a statement or letter. Endorsement from your Head of School, however, is not mandatory to participate in the mentoring scheme. This application can be submitted at any time. See appendices for the application form. All applications should be sent to the following email firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject header – CAMN Application.
In the event an applicant is not successful in obtaining a Curtin Academy mentor, the candidate will be encouraged to contact the Curtin Staff Mentoring program as there may be other options for the individual to receive mentoring email@example.com.
02 Mentoring Partnerships
Mentees are requested to nominate 2 potential mentors from the Curtin Academy Mentor List in their application. This list notes the availability of mentors for the current CAMN cycle. The list denotes what strengths the CA Mentor can offer in terms of mentorship. Mentees are encouraged to contact their preferred mentors for a brief meeting prior to nomination as this has been shown to assist with fit, longevity and success in the relationship (Kurre, J et. al., 2014). Mentees are then assigned a mentor and both parties are advised of this relationship in writing. See appendices for CA Mentor List. Both the mentor and mentee are encouraged to read/watch the suggested resources on mentoring relationships noted in the learning resources. Both parties should also complete the mentoring training course on iPerform and complete a Mentoring Agreement. See appendices.
At the end of the mentoring network cycle, a one-page report noting the outcomes achieved as a result of the mentoring partnership should be sent to the CAMS Team. This should be prepared by the Mentee and signed off by both parties and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mentorship relationship can be changed by both parties up to eight weeks into the relationship or after at least three sessions. This is to ensure that both parties feel comfortable with the relationship and are able to work together to achieve the outcomes set by the mentee. In the event, a mentorship relationship is changed, and the mentee would still like to work with a mentor, other mentor options will be explored wherever possible pending availability. Either the mentor or mentee should write to the Curtin Academy email@example.com to request a change or an end to the mentoring relationship during the mentorship cycle.
Curtin University iPerform Mentoring Course
A guide to mentoring in the workplace (provides a good succinct overview of the mentoring process in higher education although it is pitched towards apprentices)
PROGRAM TWO_Curtin Academy Mentorship Circle (CAMC)
The focus of the CAMC is to support and advance teaching and learning initiatives and innovations across the OneCurtin campus community. These initiatives and innovations should be important to the advancement of strategic teaching and learning priorities for Curtin University which is outlined in the current enabling plan.
A Curtin Academy Fellow leads the CAMC and the focus will be a teaching and learning concept or strategy that is important to contributing knowledge to the field. Once this focus is determined, a notification will be sent to academic staff at each OneCurtin Campus. Each CAMC runs for 15 weeks (one 2 – 3-hour meeting every 3 weeks for a total of 5 meetings. The 3-week separation between meetings enables participants to work through their ideas.
The skill mix of the CA Fellows, workloads, and priorities of the university and academic staff will dictate how many mentorship circles might be running throughout the year.
Any OneCurtin Staff member (teaching only academic and teaching and research academic) may register to participate in the circle as they will be WEBEX enabled. Applicants should express an interest to join the CAMC by providing a short expression of interest noting how the circle would benefit their learning and teaching initiatives.
The application should be sent to the following email firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject header – CAMC Application. Certificates would be awarded for their portfolios and participation. Applicants are welcome to attach a letter of support/endorsement from their Head of School or equivalent. However, this is not a requirement for applying to the mentoring circle.
In the event that an individual is not successful in their application, and/or there is excess demand for the particular circle they are interested in, the candidate will be encouraged to contact the Curtin Staff Mentoring program as there may be other options for the individual to receive mentoring. email@example.com.
Resources for mentors and mentees:
References (available in Curtin Library)
D’Abate, C., Eddy, E. & Tannenbaum, S. (2003) What’s in a Name? A Literature-Based Approach to Understanding Mentoring, Coaching, and Other Constructs That Describe Developmental Interactions. Human Resource Development Review Vol. 2, No. 4 December 2003 360-384. DOI: 10.1177/1534484303255033
Minter, Robert and Edward Thomas. 2000. "Employee development through coaching, mentoring and counselling: A multidimensional approach." Review of Business Summer: 13-17.
Mentoring Processes in Higher Education. 2016. Laverick DM. Springer International Publishing. Chapters 1 – 3. Pp. 1 - 46
Ann Darwin & Edward Palmer (2009) Mentoring circles in higher education, Higher Education Research & Development, 28:2, 125-136, DOI: 10.1080/07294360902725017
Russell L. Huizing (2012) Mentoring Together: A Literature Review of Group Mentoring, Mentoring & Tutoring. Partnership in Learning, 20:1, 27-55, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2012.645599
Kurre J., Schweiger, E., Kulms G., Guse, A. (2014) Speed mentoring: establishing successful mentoring relationships. Medical Education, 48:1131
Curtin Staff Mentoring Guidebook
There are so many references and how-to resources on mentoring in the Scholarly Databases and on Youtube/TedTalks that a simple search should lead you to a range of resources to support your mentoring and your mentee role.