The mentoring program for PhD students was implemented in the fall of 2003 to support the scholarly endeavors of the PhD students. Resources encompass many areas which are not limited to classroom and research support, but are much more far-reaching. This website will serve as a convenient repository for informational links and tools for the PhD students’ use.
In 2006, Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, accepted the responsibility of coordinating the program. At that time, the program was expanded to include initiatives that were added under a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). Jennifer Gray, PhD, RN continues as the principal investigator of the grant and as Associate Dean of the PhD in Nursing program, and Interim Dean of the College of Nursing.
The mentoring program is designed to provide students with opportunities to network, share ideas and information, and to receive support as they progress through the PhD program. Activities are held that provide opportunities to collaborate with other students, mentor(s) and faculty on ideas and ways to address challenges and issues faced throughout their academic career.
At the beginning of doctoral studies, students are asked to complete a brief survey that describes individual academic interest and the kinds of professional assistance needed from a mentor. Based on that information, students are offered the opportunity to link with a faculty member and/or external professional resource persons whose interests and expertise matches their area of focus. Additionally, the student is also encouraged to identify individual resource persons who may assist him/her in a mentoring relationship.
Our communication with students and mentors is on-going in our effort to provide a positive academic experience. For more information on the PhD in Nursing Mentoring Program, or if you would like to offer any suggestions, contact Dr. Susan Baxley at 871-272-1271 or firstname.lastname@example.org