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Title: The Culture of the Academy

The Culture of the Academy
  • How Did That Happen?

Joyce Mac Kinnon, EdD, PT
  • Professor and Associate Dean
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Indiana University on the IUPUI campus
  • So who are YOU?

  • At the end of this session participants should be
    able to
  • Articulate why knowledge of the culture of their
    unit is important
  • Identify their units sagas, heroes, symbols and
    rituals and assess their impact on the units
  • Recognize the differences among mentoring,
    facilitation and networking and the role of each
    in career development

Defining Culture
  • The deeply imbedded patterns of organizational
    behavior and the shared values, assumptions and
    beliefs or ideologies that members have about
    their organization or its work (Peterson and

General Assumptions About Academic Culture
  • Faculty latitude in scheduling time
  • Values should reflect the mission of the
    institution and the unit
  • Collegiality is important

Indicators of Organized Cultures
  • Sagas
  • Heroes
  • Symbols
  • Rituals
  • http//
  • reflections/

  • Mentor a person higher in the organizational
    hierarchy or who has more experience and serves
    as coach, teacher, example, counselor, and
    facilitator for a period of at least two years
  • Facilitators
  • Networking

  • People with Mentors (Keele)
  • Earn more at a younger age
  • More likely to follow a career plan
  • More satisfied with their work
  • Get more challenging job assignments
  • Gain larger perspective
  • More visibility
  • Job mobility

  • Mentor advice (Detsky and Baurlocher)
  • Determine how mentee likes to spend time
  • Be honest
  • Follow through
  • Dont be afraid to terminate a mismatched
  • Be explicit about credit for work
  • Separate at the end

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    mentoring-how to give it and how to get it. JAMA,
  • Eby LT, Allen TD, Evans SC et al (2008) Does
    mentoring matter? A multidisciplinary
    meta-analysis comparing mentored and non-mentored
    ndividuals. J Voc Behavior, 72(2)254-67.
  • Greenbank P (2007) Introducing widening
    participation policies in higher education the
    influence of institutional culture. Research in
    Post-Compulsory Education, 12(2)209-24.
  • Keele R (1986) Mentoring or networking? Strong
    and weak ties in career development. In Moore LL
    Not as Far As You Think The Realities of
    Working Women. Lexington Books, DC Health and Co.
  • Kezar A and Eckel PD (2002) The effects of
    institutional culture on change strategies in
    higher education. J Higher Ed, 73(4)435-60.

References (continued)
  • Masland AT (1983) Organizational culture
  • In the study of higher education. ASHE 1983
    Annual Meeting Paper.
  • Nick JM, Delahoyde TM, Del Prato D, et al (2012)
    Best practices in academic mentoring A model for
    excellence. Nursing Research and Practice (open
  • Ortiz-Walters R and Gilson LL (2005) Mentoruing
    in academia an examination of the experiences of
    proteges of color. J Vocational Behavior,
  • Peterson M and Spencer M (1991) Understanding
    academic culture and climate. In Peterson M (ed)
    ASHE Reader on Organization and Governance (pp
    140-55). Simon and Schuster, Needham Heights, MA.

References (continued)
  • Ortiz-Walters R and Gilson LL (2005) Mentoring
    in academia an examination of the experiences of
    protégés of color. J Vocational Behavior, 67
  • Poteat LF, Shockley KM, Allen TD (2009)
    Mentor-protégé commitment fit and relationship
    satisfaction in academic mentoring. J Vocational
    Behavior, 74(3)332-337.
  • Straus SE, Johnson MO, Marquez C, Feldman MD
    (2013)Characteristics of successful and failed
    mentoring relationships A qualitative study
    across two academic health centers. Academic
    Medicine, 88(1)82-89.