Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 195–209 | Cite as

Mentors and Muses: New Strategies for Academic Success

  • Holly Angelique
  • Ken Kyle
  • Ed Taylor


Mentoring programs in higher education institutions have met with mixed success. In response to the limitations inherent in the dominant approaches to mentoring, we present an example of a unusual mentoring program, the New Scholars Network (NSN). The NSN is a variant of traditional mentoring approaches, having evolved from mentoring into musing. Framed within a radical humanist philosophy, musing is a process of creating peer communities that facilitates connections between naturally developing relationships, shared power, and collective action. Through mentoring as musing new faculty have the potential to evolve as change agents in the institution, instead of assimilating into the existing system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly Angelique
    • 1
  • Ken Kyle
    • 2
  • Ed Taylor
    • 3
  1. 1.Capital CollegeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Capital CollegeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Capital CollegeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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