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The Role of Mentoring in STEM Faculty Leadership to Broadening Participation in STEM Faculty and Students

Kula A. Francis1 and Karyl Askew2
  • 1 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Virgin Islands, United States
  • 2 Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership, University of the Virgin Islands, United States

Abstract

Mentoring in faculty development is seen as acatalyst to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leadership. STEM facultyleaders are organizational influencers with or without formal authority orappointments. Within the fields of STEM,mentoring is often construed as more than senior faculty mentoring junior faculty. Thisstudy explores the perspectives of 13 professors and chairs at HistoricallyBlack Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on faculty mentoring based onsemi-structured interviews conducted by the Center for the Advancement of STEMLeadership (CASL). The main questions addressed in this study are: What, ifany, mentoring styles or strategies do STEM faculty leaders acknowledge andemploy? What specific leadership styles are associated with mentoring in HBCUsfor STEM faculty who acknowledge mentoring as an aspect of their leadership?The findings of this study suggest that STEM faculty leaders who adopttransformational, servant leadership, and intellectual styles find value inmentoring.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 18 No. 1, 2022, 181-190

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2022.181.190

Submitted On: 27 June 2022 Published On: 14 September 2022

How to Cite: Francis, K. A. & Askew, K. (2022). The Role of Mentoring in STEM Faculty Leadership to Broadening Participation in STEM Faculty and Students. Journal of Social Sciences, 18(1), 181-190. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2022.181.190

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Keywords

  • Faculty Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
  • HBCU
  • Higher Education