Movements in Mentorship: Exploring Shifting Boundaries and Roles in a Faculty-Graduate Student-Undergraduate Student Mentorship Micro-community

Keywords: Mentorship, SoTL, Micro Communities, Learning and Teaching


The relationship between mentors and mentees in academic communities is often complex. In the interactive workshop described here, we worked with participants to make visible the generative function of the shifting boundaries within academia as a resource for establishing rich and enduring learning relationships between established and emerging members of a teaching community.

Author Biography

AnneMarie Dorland, University of Calgary

Instructor, College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation

Academic Director, PURE Awards

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning


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Conference Theme: Students as Collaborators