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Mentoring, Career Development and Advising Process

Mentoring:

A list of faculty who are interested in mentoring students is available on the OSPA website. Interested faculty will fill out a form (Faculty form) listing their clinical/research interests, work experience, hobbies, and other pertinent information that they would like to share with students, to aid students in choosing a mentor.

All students who wish to select a faculty mentor must complete a form (Student form) listing their career goals, hobbies/interests, concerns about pharmacy school, and other pertinent interests they would like to share with faculty. Included on this form is a place to list the names of their top two or three choices for their faculty mentors. Students should list at least two names, based upon the information provided on the “Faculty Mentors” website. (http://www.ulm.edu/pharmacy/mentorlist.html) Mentors will be assigned by OSPA based upon student choices and the information provided in the forms completed by both students and faculty volunteers, in the hopes of making a good match. OSPA will also manage the list of mentors/mentees to ensure that mentors do not exceed their requested number of mentees.

Students and faculty should determine the nature and structure of the mentoring relationship, but topics such as career pathways, elective choices, CV or resume’ development, interview skills should all be discussed at some point.

At any time, either party can terminate the relationship for any reason by completing a simple form (Change form), which will be automatically submitted to OSPA. At that time, OSPA will assign a new mentor, based upon student preferences and/or information previously provided in the student and faculty forms. Students who don’t initially select a mentor can choose to do so later, and there will be mechanisms for “reminding” students that they can choose or change mentors at least once a semester. Students can have several mentors throughout their pharmacy program but only one mentor at a time.

If some issue of concern comes up during the conversation that the student is not comfortable discussing, please refer the student to the OSPA and email Mary Caldwell your concerns.

Career Developments:

OSPA will begin a professional development (PD)/brown bag lunch series. These professional development sessions will be scheduled the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Additional PD’s can be scheduled if needed. OSPA will compile and maintain a list of topics. Organizations are invited to participate in the series but are not required to.

Advising:

Students are no longer required to make an appointment with their previous assigned advisor unless the student and faculty advisor mutually agree to continue this as a mentoring relationship. This mutually agreed upon relationship no longer has to be about scheduling and classes. It can now become more focused on mentoring/career development.

Students are no longer required to have faculty sign their Contact Information Form. Faculty mentors are not required to check off classes in Flight Path. OSPA will be responsible for Academic Advising.

Students will be notified by OSPA when advisement begins.

Contact Information

Mary Caldwell Mary L. Caldwell, M.Ed., NCC, LPC
Director, OSPA
Email:  caldwell@ulm.edu
Phone:  318-342-3800
Fax:  318-342-3802

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