MentorLINK: A Virtual Mentor Program for Deans

MentorLINK: Connecting for Success

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Overview

MentorLINK: Connecting for Success is a personalized service that brings experienced deans together with deans looking for wisdom and support to overcome challenges and maximize impact. 

This structured, 8-month experience features: 

  • Guaranteed contact at least once a month
  • Leadership development programming
  • Career-plan development
  • Time for networking with your mentor at national AACN meetings. 

The mentoring relationships developed through this service reflect the principles of commitment, mutual respect, trust, empathy, self-assessment, and advocacy. Registrations are due in the spring; matches with a seasoned mentor are established in the summer; and the mentorship commences in September. The first cohort will focus on AACN Deans. 

Background

Overall Program Design: Clear program goals, registration and mentor matching processes, clear outcomes, and evaluation. 

Leadership Curriculum: Sequenced and tailored content programming designed to set and manage expectations, as well as to engage and empower both mentors and mentees.  

Program Management: Seamless administration of mentor matching, participant activity tracking, communications and support, and evaluation with continuous improvement.

Benefits of AACN mentoring relationships:

  • Increased job satisfaction and enhanced role development 
  • Access to leadership training and seasoned deans for support of positive outcomes 
  • Possibility for professional collaborations 
  • Long-term retention in a deanship for those new to the role 
Program Features & Expectations

The program content is divided into three stages: Setting the Stage, Building the Relationship, and Sustaining the Gains. Each stage is delivered via highly engaging live sessions (all of which will be recorded and shared) and a customized content library of practical tips and tools for participants. Setting and working toward individual mentee goals will be a theme throughout the curriculum. This program is part of a partnership with the Nebo company, who specializes in leadership development, facilitation, and coaching.

Participation Expectations 

  • Orientation Session - Mandatory for mentors and mentees
  • Leadership Webinars:
    • Mentees are expected to attend all seven (7) sessions
    • Mentors are invited to attend (optional)
    • Mentees to complete pre-work and/or assignments for each session
    • Sessions will be recorded
      • September 2021    - Making the Most of Mentoring
      • October 2021  - Reactionary to Intentional
      • November 2021  - Being the Chief Resilience Dean of Your Team
      • January 2022 - Building Influence: Connect, then Lead          
      • February 2022 - Leadership Communication to Inspire Results
      • March 2022  - Building Collaborative Teams
      • April 2022- Leading from Vision
  • One-on-one Mentoring Conversations: Mentors and mentees will have a minimum of seven (7) conversations over the course of the program.
    • Mentees are responsible for setting up these meetings (can be in person, by phone, or by video chat)
    • Conversations suggested to be 45—60 minutes in length
    • All conversations are confidential
  • Changes for Cohort II - Building on our success
    • New webinar topic: "Being the Chief Resilient Dean of Your Team"
    • Additional Networking opportunity with each online session: Content portion of the webinars to remain 60 minutes in duration, plus an additional 15-minutes will be allotted at the end to have further discussion about the material.
    • Delineated content on diversity, equity and inclusion can be part of the curricula 
How to Become a Mentor

If you are interested in committing to be a mentor for this first cohort (commencing September 2020), please complete the registration. The survey will include a few questions regarding your expertise and availability so that we can appropriately match you with a mentee. AACN is looking for mentors with 5 or more years of experience as a dean. Applicants must be deans/directors employed at AACN member institutions

NOTE: There is no registration fee for mentors.

The next cohort will open January 15, 2021.

How to Become a Mentee

If you are committed to partnering in a mentored relationship for the 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online registration form a few spots remain. The next cohort will open January 15, 2021. We will ask a few questions regarding your goals, expertise, and availability so that we can match you with an appropriate mentor. AACN is accepting registrations from deans looking for wisdom and support to overcome challenges and maximize impact. Payment will be due at the time of your registration, and you will be matched in summer. Applicants must be deans/directors employed at AACN member institutions.

Learn more by watching the informational webinar

Mentee Registration Fee: $549

Mentee Registration
 

A few spots remain - register now!

Benefits of Mentoring

For Both the Mentor and Mentee:

  • Enhances relationship skills: Provides the opportunity to practice deep listening skills and to ask curious questions, enhances overall emotional intelligence and leadership capacity
  • Creates co-learners: Provides opportunity to learn from each other -- from handling stressful situations to applying technology (reciprocal mentoring)
  • Increases work-related fulfillment for both mentors and mentees; expands professional networks and new connections with academic nursing leaders 

For the Mentee:

  • Increases knowledge of the job role
  • Provides a sounding board and safe place to get honest feedback and support
  • Increases satisfaction in workplace environment  

For the Mentor:

  • Opportunity to support peer growth and development
  • Access to professional development training (Mentor Orientation and attendance at Leadership programming, as desired)
  • Opportunities for service to the association and the profession
  • Potential scholarly collaborations with outcomes 
Meet Your Potential Mentor


 

   

Dr. Jackie Dunbar-Jacob
Dean, School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Expertise: Budgeting, Development of New Programs, Faculty Recruitment, Negotiating with University or College Leadership, Upcoming Accreditation, Vision and Strategy

                                                              

Dr. Phil Greiner
Director, School of Nursing 
San Diego State University

Areas of Expertise: Negotiating with University or College Leadership, Shared Governance, Vision and Strategy, Faculty Incivility

                                                  Dr. Carol Kenner
Dean and Professor
The College of New Jersey
 
Areas of Expertise: Program Development, Distance Learning, Faculty Recruitment, Fundraising/Development, Negotiating with University or College Leadership, Shared Governance
         

 
          
Dr. Janet Krejci
Dean and Professor
Marquette University
 
Areas of Expertise: Budgeting, Program Development, Distance Learning, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Recruitment, Fundraising/Development, Negotiating with University or College Leadership, Vision and Strategy
  Dr. Anna McDaniel
Dean and Professor
University of Florida
 
Areas of Expertise: Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Recruitment, Faculty Incivility, Fundraising/Development, Student Recruitment, Vision and Strategy
 
  Dr. Demetrius Porche
Professor and Dean
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
 
Areas of Expertise: Budgeting, Crisis Management, Program Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Recruitment, Faculty Incivility, Negotiating with University or College Leadership

 

Meet the Facilitators

Meet the facilitation team for the second cohort of MentorLINK.

Nancy Lamberton

Leadership Coach & Facilitator
Nancy Lamberton became a coach after a successful career in business, first as a corporate leader and then as an entrepreneur/partner in her business, Excitations, a company that provides special experiences as gifts.  Throughout her career she has enjoyed helping make it a little easier for others to excel and thrive.  For many years, she has played a leadership role in the Women in Technology (WIT) organization, providing leadership to its Board and also to the mentor/protege program, which touches on one of her passions: mentoring and coaching as a way of developing others.  
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Kim D’Abreu

Leadership Coach, Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner & Facilitator 
Kim D’Abreu has 25 years of experience designing and managing national, impactful, workforce diversity and inclusion programs. As a credible thought leader within education, healthcare, and non-profit sectors, she has built an impeccable reputation for managing the culture and complexities of environments. Her expertise includes effectively developing tools, strategies, and written resources focused on climate and cultural competency as a means to promote the success of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT communities, and other marginalized groups. 
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What if I can’t make a mentee leadership webinar? 

All webinars will be recorded and available to participants.  

Is the AACN’s New Deans Mentor Program still available?  

MentorLINK builds on the success of the now retired New Deans Mentoring Program by providing greater support for the mentors and mentees, access to state-of-the-art leadership development materials, and program evaluation. All those currently active in AACN’s New Dean Mentoring Program will complete their mentorship as scheduled. If you would like to continue your mentorship afterwards, you will have the option of moving to the new MentorLINK program. See application deadline. 

How do you match the Mentors and Mentees? 

Mentors generally have five or more years in a deanship and volunteer on an annual basis. Matching is done with consideration of school size and type, geographic area, goals of the mentee, and other demographic factors.

For additional questions, please contact AACN's Associate Director of Online Learning and Engagement Alexa Tehansky at 202-463-6930 ext. 265.