The Orlando Central Florida Chapter of STC, in conjunction with UCF, is proud to announce its 2015-2016 mentoring
program, pairing veterans from the front lines of industry with talented technical communication students. The
goal: to bridge the gap between industry and academe.
For details on eligibility and
commitment, please click on the links below and read the following information.
To apply for the Orlando Central Florida Chapter mentoring program as either a mentor or a mentee, click on the link below and
Once you have been notified of selection, click on the link below and follow instructions.
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- Click here for a print-ready .pdf of the
comprehensive reference guide on student mentoring programs
that was distributed during the Leadership Program at the 60th international STC conference in Atlanta, May 5-8, 2013.
- For the editable source files for the materials in the reference guide,
contact Dan Voss. This will save you
time by not having to reinvent the wheel when it comes to program guidelines, administrative forms, etc.
- If you are a member of an STC geographic community or SIG interested in sponsoring
a student mentoring program, contact Dan Voss.
- If you are a member of an STC student community or a not-yet-STC-member technical
communication student interested in this initiative, contact Bethany Aguad.
- For a comprehensive overview of STC's student mentoring initiative, see
this article in the newsletter of the October 2013
Definition of Mentoring
Mentoring is a way for more experienced technical communicators to share their experiences with new or less
experienced "mentees." A mentor acts as
a trusted counselor, or guide, who assists the mentee in setting and
achieving goals for developing career direction and skills
By participating in a mentor/mentee relationship, mentors develop valuable skills that can further their
personal and professional development as well.
The relationship between mentor and mentee* requires honesty, openness, commitment,
and effort by both individuals. If they are willing to put forth the effort, there are enormous benefits to be realized.
In a mentoring relationship, mentor and mentee:
- Identify objectives, goals, and developmental needs.
- Define and establish a plan to accomplish mentee goals.
- Meet regularly in person or via phone or e-mail to review and evaluate progress.
A successful mentoring relationship benefits those involved through increased confidence and a sense of direction. The
relationship provides a risk-free learning environment in which to offer career guidance.
Mentoring relationships can develop between individuals within an organization, between
individuals in two different organizations, or between students and STC professionals.
Mentoring is NOT
- Casual advice
- Necessarily for everyone
- On-the-job training
- A guarantee of a successful career
* For our purposes, we have adopted the term
mentee instead of protégé. Not all lexicographers have swallowed that coinage yet, but we believe it
is a matter of linguistic reality at this point. To any linguistic purists who take umbrage, deal with it! :)
The Orlando Central Florida Chapter of STC invites you to apply for its 2015-2016 mentoring program. To apply:
Use the following application forms for mentor or mentee.
Following applications, the program coordinators and chapter president will establish mentor-mentee teams that
provide an optimal match of goals, skills, and styles. Your program coordinator will e-mail you
your team information and invite you to the mentoring kickoff via e-mail.
The mentor/mentee agreement form is designed to serve both as a preliminary outline of participant goals
and as an icebreaker for a team's first face-to-face meeting.
Step 1: Download the Mentor/Mentee Agreement form
and bring it to the kick-off meeting.
Step 2: You will be introduced to your mentor at the kick-off meeting. With your mentor, set your objectives
for your mentoring relationship and plan some activities that will help you achieve those objectives.
Step 3: After the meeting, type your answers on the Mentor/Mentee Agreement form.
Step 4: Save form as "mentorname-menteenameAgreement2015_2016.docx"
Step 5: E-mail form to:
- Lori Allen and Dan Voss, 1997. "Mentoring Pairs Experts with Novices to Promote Growth," from Chapter 12
of Ethics in Technical Communication: Shades of Gray, John Wiley and Sons. Excerpt available from Dan Voss
- Larry Ambrose, 1998. A Mentor's Companion, Perrone-Ambrose Associates, Ltd.; available
- Gail Lippincott and Dan Voss, 2001. "Leveraging Resources: How an STC Chapter Can Support Education in Its
Community and Professional Development for Its Members," see section entitled "Instituting Mentoring Programs,
Technical Communication, Vol. 48, No. 4, November, 2001, pp. 449-464 (mentoring section, pp. 457-458),
available at http://www.stc-orlando.org/education/mentor/LeveragingResources.pdf.
- Rita W. Peterson, 1989. Mentoring Handbook, published online at the University of California-Irvine,
- Society for Technical Communication, 2002. "Guidelines for Mentoring Programs," AD-109-02, available
- Bonnie Spivey and Dan Voss, 2003. "Bridging the Gap Between Industry and Academe: Orlando
Chapter and UCF Launch Mentoring Program," in Orlando Chapter's Memo to Members, July/August, 2003,
Contact Information for Program Coordinators
If you have any questions or comments about the program, please feel free to contact either or both of the
program coordinators, Dan Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Bethany Aguad at email@example.com.