IASAS global eMentoring provides a guided mentoring partnership using online mentoring, video chat, social media, email, and/or telephone. It is a platform for professional performance development, knowledge sharing and career progression through connecting new and emerging practitioners with established student affairs/services leaders internationally.

The personal and professional development of both mentors and mentees in structured professional mentoring partnerships is well established and widely documented. Mentoring can happen across time zones through interaction via email, Skype, Facebook, FaceTime, Google Hangouts – overcoming issues around practice isolation due to remote locations or lack of local professional peers, and enhancing your experience and understanding of international issues in our global workplace.

Why is mentoring valuable?

  • Linking with an experienced and collaborative network of peers who are knowledgeable experts interested in developing the skills, capability and confidence of emerging student services leaders.
  • Increasing your personal effectiveness and success.
  • Exploring career advancement opportunities and ideas.
  • Accessing different perspectives around strategic issues based on the career experiences and professional insight of peers.
  • Guidance in specialised fields or technical disciplines.
  • Being challenged to develop or integrate new practice.

What does it involve?

  • Matching mentees with student affairs/services Professional Mentors.
  • A six to eight month mentoring partnership from the time you are matched.
  • Agreeing to the timing, frequency and duration of meetings.
  • Identifying partnership goals and mechanisms for achievement.
  • Ongoing program advice and feedback through IASAS.

If you have any questions, on being part of this program, please email Eva-Marie Seeto at mentoring@iasas.global

A Reflection on e-mentoring from professional mentor, Dr. Tom Ellett

1. How has participation in the e-mentoring program benefited you professionally?
Any time one gets the opportunity to learn from another colleague with a different cultural context, DO IT! I have learned language differences, the context of the educational systems, traditional activities, food related specialties, how higher ed is funded, and so much more. It has helped me better converse with international students who come from these different countries as they visit my institution. And finally it provides me a perspective that the way we do things in US is different, not necessarily better. I have been much more aware of this as I engage with international colleagues throughout my work. It helps me realize there is not ONE way to approach our work, but many!

2. What might someone expect to gain as an e-mentor?
Perspective, new ways to think through things and an international friend to visit when you go to their country! Or connect with at the next international conference. I value broadening my knowledge base and realize that we are all in the same line of work, building stronger communities and helping students achieve their dreams by getting a degree (and much more).

3. How has your perspective of student affairs around the world grown through the experience? 
Very much so. I have benefited from working at an institution with a dozen global sites, and have had the ability to visit the majority of them. I think more broadly on what student affairs does, and how we need to be cognizant of language and the activities we do to ensure that we don’t exclude people in what we do.