[We’re pleased to welcome Bruce C. Raymond of Colorado State University-Pueblo. Dr. Raymond and Vijay R. Kannan of Utah State University recently published “A Survey of Faculty Mentoring Programs in AACSB Schools of Business” in Journal of Management Education.]
- What inspired you to be interested in this topic?
Along with a number of colleagues, many who are Deans and Associate Dean of accredited business schools, I speculated that the potential positive impacts of effective faculty development are largely unrealized. Consequently my coauthor, Vijay Kannan, and I decided to survey AACSB schools in the United States to get a first look at the use of best practices in faculty mentoring programs.
- Were there findings that were surprising to you?
The findings were startling. Even acknowledging a low 25% response rate and the potential for response bias, the results indicated that many accredited business schools have no formal faculty mentoring program (less than half of respondents), and that of schools reporting that they had a formal faculty mentoring program less than a third were using widely accepted best practices such as formal program planning, goal setting and assessment of effectiveness.
- How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?
It is our hope that best practices for faculty mentoring programs will become more widely adopted in collegiate business schools potentially enhancing the career success of many business faculty.
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Bruce C. Raymond holds the Dean’s position at the Malik and Seeme Hasan School of Business. His teaching and scholarship have been recognized through campus- and college-level student selection awards for teaching excellence. During his academic career he has served on regional and national boards of the American Production and Inventory Control Society, The Society for Computer Simulation and the Decision Sciences Institute. Dr. Raymond’s fields of inquiry currently include the simulation of managerial decision making, the investigation of learning processes, best practices in faculty development and crisis preparation.
Vijay R. Kannan is Professor of Operations Management and Executive Director of International Programs in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University. He is the recipient of several research awards including the Huntsman School of Business Researcher of the Year and Department of Management Researcher of the Year and has held several leadership positions with the Decision Sciences Institute, both within its national (DSI) and regional (Western and Southeast DSI) organizations. He has twice served as a Vice President of DSI and is a Past President of Western DSI.