Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mary Barbara Trube collaborates on publication; colleague Barbara Mahaffey among contributors

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

The accumulation of more than two years of dedication and hard work recently paid off for Ohio University-Chillicothe Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., and Professor Emeritus of
Barbara Trube
Educational Studies Aimee Howley, Ph.D., of the Athens campus. Their edited volume, Mentoringfor the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future, was published in October.

According to Trube, statistics reveal that 30 percent of new teachers leave the field within five years of their first job. For this reason, school districts across the United States are investing in structured induction programs that include a mentor, along with release time for observations, coaching, planning and professional development.

Trube believes that establishing and encouraging student-to-student peer mentorships has the potential to build students’ capacities to both mentor and be mentored throughout their careers in education. She also added that mentoring has special value for individuals from diverse groups, who benefit from interacting with experienced colleagues who have backgrounds and cultural perspectives similar to their own.

Much of her prior work has been dedicated to these ideas, and this new volume aims to familiarize readers with theories of mentorship, share insights about how mentoring works in various professional fields and offer specific mentoring strategies with benefits for different populations of mentees.

Each of the book’s chapters includes practical tools that readers can utilize in their own organizations, such as instruments to measure mentoring style, guidelines for meetings between mentors and mentees and case studies highlighting common dilemmas faced during the mentoring process.

“I believe in working to create a culture of mentoring in teacher preparation right from the beginning. My work has included initiating peer mentoring and encouraging collaboration as students are preparing for their roles as professional educators, because many of the skills must be learned. A continuum of mentoring exists in the field so it’s important that I am intentional in planning for the culture of mentoring that exists,” Trube commented.

The volume includes work from 18 Ohio University authors, among them Trube and Human Services Technology Program Coordinator Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., of the Chillicothe Campus. Scholars from Stanford University, the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, Barry University, Emporia State University, University of Montana Western, Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University also contributed. Following a call for manuscripts, each chapter went through a three-blind review process to determine its fit for the volume.

“Dr. M. Barbara Trube has been a mentor for years. I value her input and caring direction so much. When I learned last year that she was working on a book, I asked if my work on a mentoring project
Barbara Mahaffey
could be included. She welcomed my contributions and, along with her co-editor and author Aimee Howley, added to my chapter writing experience,” Mahaffey said of her work with Trube. 

The authors represent a wide variety of fields through their individual chapters, including counseling, public school administration, adult basic education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professional development, fashion merchandizing and technology. Several of the scholars have published work in their respective professional focuses, and many are actively involved in organizations that support access, equity and social justice for diverse populations.

The book can be purchased on the Information Age Publishing website (see below), and is available for order on all major online retailer sites.

IAP: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Mentoring-for-the-Professions

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