Complete Your Crew: Mentoring and More
To most of us, mentoring is a mixed bag. While we may have had rewarding and life-giving mentoring experiences, we also lament those mentoring experiences where expectations were not met and there was nothing new to be learned. Ineffective experiences can be avoided by tapping the expertise of a range of mentors, including reverse mentors, coaches, role models, and sponsors. Completing our crews can lead to important professional development, but we must be intentional. My research on ATS women faculty and administrators suggests four significant predictors of the pursuit of administrative leadership. Those who strongly agree that they have considered administrative leadership posts also report strong agreement with these four items. The theological academy has not done the best job assisting more women—especially women of color—into administrative leadership, but there is hope. These predictors can be addressed intentionally by helping women administrators complete their professional crews.
Debbie Gin, Director, Research and Faculty Development, The Association of Theological Schools