AACSB International Recognizes the Importance of Saunders’ Mentorship

Posted: Wednesday, May 10th 2017 at 5:00 AM

In AACSB International's May/June 2017 magazine, BizEd, they highlighted the importance of having a research mentor, using the example set by NAU-FCB. The article, "Why Hire a Mentor?," highlights the reasons FCB Dean Craig Van Slyke sought the expertise of Dr. Carol Saunders as research mentor, and the invaluable expertise she brings to FCB faculty.

Article Excerpt

PRACTITIONER FACULTY make up a growing percentage of business school professors, especially as business schools realize the value of integrating a practitioner's real-world perspectives into their programs. But it can be far more difficult for schools to find professors of practice who also are willing to publish—that is, to become scholarly practitioners.

In 2014, Craig Van Slyke, dean of The W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, wanted to encourage more of his school's instructional practitioners to become scholarly practitioners—particularly in face of new accreditation requirements. So, he created a new position for someone whose sole duty would be to train these professors in what it takes to publish research.

He approached colleague Carol Stoak Saunders...

Saunders trains non-tenure-track faculty on how to choose and develop an idea, where and how to submit articles, what to do after receiving a "revise and resubmit" request, and how to handle negative feedback from the review process...

In July, Saunders will offer a five-day workshop called "Get Published!" The workshop has space for up to 25 non­ tenure-track faculty-not only those from Franke, but from other schools. [Learn more and register for the workshop "Get Published!" HERE.]

As the end of her contract approaches, the school is recruiting to fill a research chair position. The new chair's responsibilities will include not only teaching and conducting research, but also mentoring colleagues...

Read the full article, Why Hire a Mentor?, HERE.

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