The Consultative Approach to Mentoring: Building a Network of Support


The Consultative Approach to Mentoring: Building a Network of Support

Learn how to create a mentoring network that supports all aspects of your work and that you can adapt as your career progresses.

With the apprentice model of mentoring, a mentee is assigned one mentor, usually someone senior in the organization, to provide guidance in all aspects of their career. Although this is a powerful model that typically serves mentees well, this approach to mentoring does require intensive commitments of time and energy from both individuals. And mentors may not always have all of the expertise a mentee needs.

As an alternative, however, the consultative approach to mentoring can be used to replace or supplement the more traditional apprentice model of mentoring. The consultative approach encourages mentees to identify those discrete skills and focused areas of support in which they need mentorship, and to then identify multiple mentors to specifically meet those needs. In addition to being flexible enough to support individuals throughout their careers, the consultative approach can help departments promote greater equity and inclusion by empowering everyone to share their expertise with one another. In this course, you'll be introduced to the consultative approach to mentoring, you’ll be able to build your network of potential mentors, and you’ll gain valuable tools to help manage sticking points in mentorship relationships. This course is appropriate for all higher ed professionals, both at the individual and team-unit levels, who want to learn more about the consultative approach to mentoring.

The following lessons are included with this course.

Course Highlights

  • 56 minutes of video
  • 9 short videos
  • 1 fillable worksheet
  •  Valued at $495. Free for members.

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Portrait of Katharine E. Stewart

Katharine E. Stewart, PhD, MPH

Executive Coach, Leadership Coach

Katharine has been a faculty member since 1996 and has been mentoring other faculty members and academic leaders (department heads and deans) for over two decades. As a professor and senior vice provost, she is responsible for most policies and processes related to faculty success (including promotion and tenure) as well as for faculty development programming at her university. A significant part of her current role is to work closely with department heads and deans in managing their academic units.

The two things that motivate everything Katharine does are her love for faculty life and her desire to help other faculty members and academic leaders be both successful and joyful in their careers. She uses her extensive experience as a clinical psychologist, NIH-funded researcher, award-winning classroom teacher and mentor, and long-time academic leader along with what she’s learned from the dozens of faculty, department heads, and deans that she has mentored over the years to inform her practice. Using a strengths-based and cognitive coaching approach, Katharine will help you set clear goals that make the most sense for you, strategize about how to navigate the internal and external roadblocks you may be facing, and develop an action plan to help you tap into your personal strengths and values. Her goal is always to help her clients connect their work to a sense of confidence, meaning, and joy in their lives overall.

Katharine earned her B.S. in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and she holds an MPH in public health policy and a PhD in clinical medical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has held faculty appointments in departments of psychology, preventive medicine and health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and North Carolina State University. In addition to her current service as Senior Vice Provost at NC State, Katharine previously served for ten years as an associate dean for academic affairs at the UAMS College of Public Health, and for two years as Associate Vice President and then Vice President for Academic Planning & Quality for the 17-institution University of North Carolina system.

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