Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts), where she has taught for two decades. She has served as the founding director of teaching and learning, associate dean of faculty, and director of leadership, where gained extensive experience with faculty development. Packard has visited with over fifty campuses nationwide to speak, lead workshops, or provide consultation. With support from the National Science Foundation and Google, she has completed research and curricular initiatives focused on inclusive mentoring and teaching, and she was recognized with the nation’s highest honor for early career scientists (PECASE). Packard is the author of Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Stylus Press).
Strategies to Embed Mentoring in our Daily Teaching
In this session, I offer specific, practical strategies to embed mentoring strategies in our daily teaching, and in department-level conversations, as this is critical to reaching more of our students on a regular, sustained basis.
Abstract: While mentoring from more intense, formalized programs is important, so is mentoring that comes from casual, informal interactions. I offer specific, practical strategies to embed mentoring strategies in our daily teaching. In addition, I explore department-level and unit-level conversations among colleagues that can help move our collective teaching practice forward. When we conceptualizing our classrooms as spaces where mentoring moments are often sparked, we can leverage the time with our students in powerful, cumulative ways. Embedded mentoring is critical to reaching more of our students on a regular, sustained basis.
1) Describe how mentoring interactions align with and emerge from daily teaching interactions.
2) Learn specific strategies to promote mentoring moments with students to include shifting our current approaches.
3) Identify ways that colleagues in departments and units can engage in conversations about this topic collectively for greater impact.