Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.

Department (Legacy)

College of Education and Human Development

Committee Chair

Petrosko, Joseph M., 1947-

Author's Keywords

Mentoring; Socializing; Law faculty


Law teachers--Training of; Law teachers--Social networks; Mentoring in education


This dissertation used a comparative analysis approach to determine mentoring's ability to socialize law faculty. Specifically, it sought to examine the efficacy of formal and informal mentoring in socializing law faculty to their respective institutions. A Mentoring Questionnaire was developed to determine the occurrence of mentoring, the distinctions between the various forms of mentoring, and law faculty perceptions of the effectiveness of the various forms of mentoring received. The Organizational Socialization Questionnaire measured socialization along six dimensions of People, Performance Proficiency, Politics, Language, History and Organizational Goals and Values and was used to determine socialization differences among mentored and non-mentored faculty and tenured and non-tenured faculty. Socialization differences were examined by comparing mentored faculty to non-mentored faculty, formally mentored faculty to informally mentored faculty, tenured faculty to, non-tenured faculty, male faculty to female faculty and majority faculty to minority faculty. Results of this dissertation indicate there are differences between mentored and non-mentored faculty. Differences were also found between senior level non-mentored and junior level mentored faculty. These differences are discussed along with their implications and conclusions are drawn. The dissertation ends with recommendations for future research.