Peer Mentoring: What is THAT?

Conference Paper


  • For the interpreting profession, mentoring has traditionally looked much like an apprenticeship: a master practitioner dispenses knowledge to a novice in order to mold them into an effective professional. The structure was mentor-focused and the novice was seen as the primary beneficiary. This paradigm is highly effective in regions of the country where there is a critical mass of mentors and of mentees who share similar educational backgrounds and professional parlance. However, interpreter educators are often faced with a much different reality. Practitioners seeking professional growth can, as a group, represent the widest possible spectrum of professional skills, ethnic/cultural backgrounds, work experience, and progress in the credentialing process. The Peer Mentoring Model (PMM) was designed in an effort to address the diverse needs of such a population. The goal was to support individual skill and career development, as well as to create a community of learning that could be utilized for continued professional evolution. This paper will describe the program template designed to support these goals, as well as outline the seven guiding principles of the PMM.
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  • Shaffer, Laurie
  • Watson, Wendy
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