n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mentors and mentoring amongst academic staff in Nigerian tertiary institutions : a study of University of Benin, Edo State : chapter 18
|Article Title||Mentors and mentoring amongst academic staff in Nigerian tertiary institutions : a study of University of Benin, Edo State : chapter 18|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Benin, Nigeria and 2 University of Benin, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||207 - 231|
|Issue||Special issue 1|
|Keyword(s)||Academia, Mentoring, Nigeria, Uniben and University|
This paper presents an overview of mentorship with particular focus on mentors and mentoring amongst academic staff in Nigerian tertiary institutions with special reference to University of Benin, Edo State. In addition to quantitative data, case studies and life histories were employed to showcase the state of mentoring in University of Benin. Our findings show that senior faculty naturally is more comfortable with the tenets of mentoring and are more likely to mentor others. A rather worrisome finding however is that mentoring lacks structure and easily deteriorates into campus politicking or a romantic affair. The study makes a case for the need to foster a culture of mentoring in academia as a viable means of promoting professional development and job satisfaction.
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