CRN Table Discussion

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Michele Buzon, Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts; Sophie Lelievre, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine; Greg Shaver, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering; Ann Weil, Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Moderator: Ximena Arriaga, Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University
The following questions will be addressed: What has been your experience with being a CRN member? What have you been able to provide for participants? And what you learnt?
About the CRN: The Susan Bulkeley Center for Leadership Excellence, in partnership with ADVANCE Purdue: Center for Faculty Success, initiated the Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) for assistant and associate professors as a pilot program in May 2019. The 19 CRN members are a diverse group of full professors.
The CRN was created to support faculty and enable inclusion of faculty on this campus, including regional campuses. ALL assistant and associate professors can participate in the CRN. By emphasizing that the CRN is not for discipline focused mentoring (journals to publish in or review grant proposals) but for advocating, supporting, and encouraging assistant and associate professors. Modeled on the multiple mentor approach, this unique and primarily dyadic style of the CRN is intended to provide the following benefits to assistant and associate professors:
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring and advising
  • Build community with assistant and associate professors campus-wide
  • Have the opportunity to explore a field of interest through exposure to a professional in that field (broadly)
  • Build a network of valuable professional connections
  • Have an advocate on campus
  • Benefits of having coach/mentor outside your college include:
    • Facilitating candid conversations about concerns especially outside the unit
    • Varying perspectives on issues and on navigating academic spaces