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2018, Cilt 8, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 532-541
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2018.294
Evaluation of Peer Mentoring Program in Higher Education: Does it Support Smooth Transition of New Faculty to the Academia?
Esra ERET1, Oya YERİN GÜNERİ2, Yeşim ÇAPA AYDIN2
1Middle East Technical University, Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Ankara, Turkey
2Middle East Technical University, Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Department of Educational Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Peer mentoring program, New faculty members, Professional development

Faculty mentoring programs are implemented in higher education institutions to support faculty development. Within this respect, the aim of this study was to explore the views and suggestions of mentors and mentees in relation to the effectiveness of the mentoring program in a large state university in Ankara. The study had a qualitative design and semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect data. The sample included 8 mentors and 9 mentees. The qualitative data obtained through interviews were analyzed using descriptive analysis. The results showed that peer mentoring program contributed to professional development of mentees. The mentors also highlighted the benefits of mentoring program for their career. Both mentors and mentees also provided noteworthy suggestions on how to increase effectiveness of the mentoring program.

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