The SMAANZ Mentor Program is designed to promote scholarly enquiry, teaching expertise and leadership in the sport management profession and assists SMAANZ members in their academic career development through the provision of a formal mentoring relationship.
To apply to be a SMAANZ mentor/mentee you must be a SMAANZ member.
To promote scholarly enquiry, teaching expertise and leadership in the sport management profession and assist SMAANZ members in their academic career development through the provision of a formal mentor relationship.
1. Mentors for Higher Degree Research (HDR) Students
- To assist HDR Students with career development, networking, teaching, research and industry contacts
- Mentor: An early, mid-career or experienced academic
2. Mentors for early career academics
- To assist early career academics in career development, networking, teaching, research and industry contacts
- Mentor: A mid-career or an experienced academic
3. Mentors for mid-career academics
- To guide mid-career academics in their pursuit to become experts in their research and teaching field
- Mentor: An experienced academic.
Mentors for experienced academics
- To assist experienced academics in their pursuit to advance their technology skills and expand their global networks
- Mentor: Early career, mid-career or experience academics
Outcomes for Mentors and Mentees
Effective mentoring proves an increase in confidence, productivity and success of the mentee while also enhancing career satisfaction to Mentors and Mentees (Straus & Sacket, 2014). In addition the program:
- Provides an opportunity for critical reflection
- Gains clarity around academic career paths and career planning
- Improves personal effectiveness by increasing self-awareness, communication skills and confidence
- Improves the management of relationships, accessing new networks and developing future collaborations
- Gains greater insight into university operations, culture and structure
- Increases job satisfaction
Guidelines for Mentoring relationships
- The mentor and mentee will be matched based on a potential fit to their needs (Mentee) and expertise (Mentor), taking into consideration skills, knowledge areas, career experience, personality, and mentoring requirements
- The Mentee drives the mentoring agenda
- The Mentor provides guidance and feedback to help the Mentee achieve their goals
- Mentoring is supportive, with the relationship built on trust and mutual respect
- The mentoring relationship is private and confidential, and not subject to evaluation
- Involvement in the mentoring program is voluntary