Graduate College

Award-winning book extends conversation on teaching of writing

ASU dean and alum part of an editorial team exploring recent curricular innovations and administrative challenges in college writing programs.

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Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan

Mentoring graduate students is a distinct privilege, a tremendous opportunity and a solemn responsibility. When I reflect on my own experience as a graduate student, I was very fortunate to have had an outstanding mentor (Professor Morris Goldberg) who emphasized excellence, motivated me to solve important and complex problems, encouraged me to be independent and accorded me a number of opportunities to learn from the leaders in my field.

Pamela Swan

Reflecting on my 20 plus years in academe I realize that I have come to view the PhD educational experience as a kind of Apprenticeship and my role as the Master who uses her expertise to guide those who have entered the “guild” of scholars. Successful mentoring, in my view, involves creating a learning environment that is non-threatening, encourages risk taking, and focuses on providing students necessary opportunities for developing the tacit knowledge (Polanyi, 1966) required for the thinking and practice of meaningful scholarship.

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