The SMAANZ Mentor Program is designed to promote scholarly inquiry, teaching expertise and leadership in the sport management profession and assists SMAANZ members in their academic career development through the provision of a formal mentoring relationship.
To apply to be a SMAANZ mentor/mentee you must be a SMAANZ member.
To promote scholarly inquiry, teaching expertise and leadership in the sport management profession and assist SMAANZ members in their academic career development through the provision of a formal mentor relationship.
Outcomes for Mentors and Mentees
Effective mentoring proves an increase in confidence, productivity and success of the mentee while also enhancing career satisfaction to Mentors and Mentees (Straus & Sacket, 2014). In addition the program:
- Provides an opportunity for critical reflection
- Gains clarity around academic career paths and career planning
- Improves personal effectiveness by increasing self-awareness, communication skills and confidence
- Improves the management of relationships, accessing new networks and developing future collaborations
- Gains greater insight into university operations, culture and structure
- Increases job satisfaction
Guidelines for Mentoring Relationships
- The mentor and mentee will be matched based on a potential fit to their needs (Mentee) and expertise (Mentor), taking into consideration skills, knowledge areas, career experience, personality, and mentoring requirements
- The Mentee drives the mentoring agenda
- The Mentor provides guidance and feedback to help the Mentee achieve their goals
- Mentoring is supportive, with the relationship built on trust and mutual respect
- The mentoring relationship is private and confidential, and not subject to evaluation
- Involvement in the mentoring program is voluntary
The Mentoring Relationship
- Once a Mentor and Mentee are matched, they are responsible for driving the relationship.
- The Mentor and Mentee will establish expectations, goals, and the ground rules to their mentoring relationship.
- The Mentor and Mentee will determine the form of communication and day/time/frequency of the mentoring relationship.
- The Mentee will facilitate and drive the majority of the content for discussion.
- It is expected a mentoring relationship will be a one or two-year commitment.
The Application Process
- Complete an Expression of Interest form to be a Mentor or a Mentee
- Mentors will need to select the mentor program they are applying for:
- Mentors for HDR students
- Mentors for early-career academics
- Mentors for mid-career academics
- Mentors for experienced academics
- Mentees will need to indicate their academic level to determine a suitable mentor:
- Early Career Academic
- Mid-Career Academic
- Experienced Academic
- SMAANZ members can complete both forms if they want to be a Mentor and a Mentee
- The form is submitted electronically via the appropriate 'Apply Now' link
- Expressions of interest can be received at any time however, Mentor and Mentee matches will be established on February 28 and August 1 of each year.
- A SMAANZ mentor program committee will carefully match Mentors to meet the needs of the Mentees.
- Mentors and Mentees will be notified of their match by the SMAANZ Mentor Program Chair, and once contact details are exchanged the Mentor and Mentee can commence their relationship.