** Dr. Houser received the 2013 Muir Mentoring Award at Texas State University.
Recent research describes mentoring as the heart of university work. Experienced professors mentor new colleagues, and all professors mentor graduate and undergraduate students. These efforts not only improve performance but also enhance perceptions of the academic climate. Is there anything in it for the mentor? The goal of this workshop is to present examples of how mentoring has helped shape our careers at Texas State University. In a group discussion format we will cover mentoring in the department and the classroom, in research and writing, and in navigating the academic environment.