Making Connections:

A Handbook for Effective Formal Mentoring Programs in Academia

Edited by David D. Law & Nora Domínguez

As the third book in the Empower Teaching Open Access Book Series, Making Connections is a comprehensive resource for those in academia who want to understand how to develop, implement, evaluate, sustain, and fund mentorship at their respective universities. Making Connections is a unique and needed contribution to the mentoring field, and is a collaborative institutional effort between Utah State University’s (USU) Empowering Teaching Open Access Book Series and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Mentoring Institute.

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Table of Contents

Land Acknowledgement | Contributors
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Praise for Making Connections

Kathy E. Kram, Andrew J. Hobson, and Dave R. Woolstenhulme



David Clutterbuck

Introduction access podcast editor's cut

David D. Law & Nora Domínguez


Chapter 1: Mentoring Origins and Evolution access podcast episode 1

Bob Garvey

Chapter 2: Recognizing Mentoring Program Identity and Applying Theoretical Frameworks for Design, Support, and Research  access podcast episode 2

Mark J. Hager, Kim Hales, and Nora Domínguez

Chapter 3: Cultivating Diverse Forms and Functions of Mentoring Relationships Within Academia access podcast episode 3

Audrey J. Murrell & Gloria O. Onosu

Chapter 4: Formal Mentoring Programs: Characteristics, Benefits, and Outcomes access podcast chapter 4

Rachel Arocho & Benjamin A. Johnson


Chapter 5: Needs Assessment and Data Analytics: Understanding Your Constituencies access podcast chapter 5

Neal Legler

Chapter 6: The Mentoring Context: Securing Institutional Support and Organizational Alignment access podcast chapter 6

James Y. Taylor & Greg Dart


Chapter 7: The Crucial Role and Responsibilities of the Mentoring Program Coordinator access podcast chapter 7

Michael A. Christiansen & Don Busenbark


Chapter 8: Outlining the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes of the Mentoring Program access podcast chapter 8

Lisa Z. Fain & Jaime Crites


Chapter 9: Defining Recruitment, Selection, and Matching Strategies access podcast chapter 9

Paul R. Hernandez, Don Busenbark, Kim Hales, and David D. Law 

Chapter 10: Preparing the Effective Mentor access podcast chapter 10

Natasha Mickel

Chapter 11: Preparing the Effective Mentee access podcast chapter 11

Dionne Clabaugh


Chapter 12: A New Vision for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Academic Mentoring Programs access podcast chapter 12

Assata Zerai & Nancy López

Chapter 13: Improving Mentoring Relationships and Programs Through Assessment and Evaluation access podcast chapter 13

Laura Gail Lunsford

Chapter 14: The Mentoring Program as a Research Project access podcast chapter 14

David D. Law, Nicole Vouvalis, Andy Harris, and Jim LaMuth

Chapter 15: Funding the Mentoring Program access podcast chapter 15

Monica Castañeda-Kessel


Chapter 16: Becoming AWARES: Mentoring Undergraduate Women in Engineering and Sciences access podcast chapter 16

Shirley L. Yu, Arianna Black, and Gönül Kaletunç

Chapter 17: Mentoring Redesigned to Attract Entry-Level Students access podcast chapter 17

Timothy Schroeder, Tara S. Hackel, and Yadéeh E. Sawyer

Chapter 18: Case Study of the Statewide Faculty-to-Student Mentoring Program at Utah State University access podcast chapter 18

Jeff Spears, Kim Hales, and Hannah M. Lewis

Chapter 19: The Connections Program: Integrating Mentoring Into the First-Year Experience access podcast chapter 19

Jennifer Grewe & Harrison Kleiner

Chapter 20: Facilitating Leadership Learning Using Co-Mentoring Circles access podcast chapter 20

Kathleen M. Cowin

Chapter 21: Mentoring Graduate Underrepresented Minorities in STEM access podcast chapter 21

Benjamin C. Flores, Jessica Shenberger-Trujillo, and Milka Montes

Chapter 22: The Well-Prepared Adjunct:  Peer Mentoring, Autonomy Supports, and Values-Based Pedagogy access podcast chapter 22

Dionne Clabaugh

Chapter 23: Advancing Institutional Mentoring Excellence (AIME): An Institutional Inclusion Initiative access podcast chapter 23

Valerie Romero-Leggott, Orrin Meyers, Andrew Sussman, and Rebecca Hartley

Chapter 24: Intentional Onboarding and Mentoring of New Faculty at Central Michigan University access podcast chapter 24

Sarah Marshall

Chapter 25: Mentoring Programs for Staff of Educational Institutions: UNM Staff Council Mentorship Program access podcast chapter 25

Amy Hawkins

Chapter 26: Staff Mentoring and Development at Arizona State University access podcast chapter 26

Karen Engler-Weber


Chapter 27: Networked Mentoring Programs in Academia access podcast chapter 27

Dawn E. Chanland

Chapter 28: Networked Mentoring Programs: Targeted Developmental Relationships and Building a Broader Community access podcast chapter 28

Valerie Paquette, Wendy Murphy, and Susan Duffy


David D. Law & Nora Domínguez


This handbook is a must-read for anyone who wants to design an effective mentoring initiative in academia. The contributors include scholars and practitioners who have examined the challenges of creating high quality mentoring experiences in highly complex settings.
Dr. Kathy E. Kram,
Shipley Professor in Management Emerita Boston University Questrom School of Business

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Recommended APA Citation

Law, D. & Dominguez, N. (Eds.) (2022). Making connections: A Handbook for Effective Formal Mentoring Programs in Academia. Utah State University.

Utah State University UNM Mentoring Institute
Written and edited by experts in the field and informed by research and first-hand experience of leading mentoring programs in academia, I expect that [Making Connections] will have a profound positive impact on and in universities in the United States and worldwide.
Dr. Andrew J. Hobson,
Professor of Education, University of Brighton, UK, and Editor-in-Chief, "International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education"

Making Connections Podcast with Tamara Thorpe

I have witnessed the profound impact of mentoring on the retention and achievement of our valued students, faculty, and staff...I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve retention rates and enhance professional development within their university community.
Dr. Dave R. Woolstenhulme,
Utah Commissioner of Higher Education