Dean of Faculties Offers Mentorship Workshop for VTPP
Posted July 25, 2017
Dean of Faculties Dr. John August illustrates the steps of being
a successful mentor using a Rubik's cube.
The Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP)
at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) held a workshop on July 21 to discuss
situational mentoring within the workplace.
The workshop was organized by Dr. Jay Ramadoss, assistant
professor in VTPP, and Dr. Larry Suva, VTPP department head, and
was part of departmental efforts to prompt discussion about best
practices in research, teaching, and service.
“The workshop was organized to implement benchmarked world-class
practices in faculty development,” Ramadoss said.
Dr. John August, dean of faculties at Texas A&M, was the
guest speaker. August illustrated the steps of being a successful
mentor by referring to a Rubik’s cube. For each axis of the cube,
he discussed different considerations when serving as a mentor,
including the colleague’s career stage, the subject they want to be
mentored in, and which approach the mentor should take in helping
To implement these strategies, faculty members were divided into
three groups and were given case studies. Each case study consisted
of a fictional scenario in which a colleague needed guidance. After
20 minutes of discussion, each group presented their ideas to the
“The case studies were part of continuous faculty
enhancement initiatives in our department,” Ramadoss said.
Suva added, “The case studies were highly effective and covered
different aspects of academic challenges for faculty members.”
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