Resources & References

In this section we have provided a list of resources you may find helpful, as well as references to some of the key scholars that have shaped the development of this virtual mentoring experience.


Academic & Alternative Academic Careers

In graduate school, whether as an MEd, MA or PhD student, students look forward to the completion of their degree. But what’s next? For some it is a career in academic, while others are interested in exploring alternative careers. There are two resources that you might find helpful as you explore these topics.

University Affairs is a Canadian resource with information about academic and alternative careers. An entire section is devoted to career advice for inside and out of the academic world. For those interested in alternative careers, the October 2015 issue focuses several articles on this topic. This December 2015 article from University Affairs may also be of interest: Taking the doctorate in new directions

The Chronicle for Higher Education is a U.S. based resource that includes news, information and job postings from academia. There are blogs and columns as well as forums and job postings.

One additional recent article that may be of interest comes from The Globe and Mail: Earning a PhD in Canada likely to provide modest returns.


Annotated Bibliography

In this section of the virtual office for mentoring and coaching, we identify a number of key references and resources that may pique your interest in further investigating this domain area. These annotated resources and references were for the most part, the key books and articles that inspired the content of the virtual office design.

Daloz, L. (1999). Mentor. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers
The book with a Forward from the well known adult educator Patricia Cross is divided into three main sections; Adult learning as development; Learning as a transformative journey and Fostering adult learning. It is an evocative analysis of the promises, joys, problems and contradictions endemic to mentoring that are offered through truthful vignettes. This second edition book is full of helpful advice and stories that illustrate the challenging relationship between teacher and learner and how this can become a source of growth for partners in the journey.

Western, S. (2012). Coaching and mentoring. Washington, DC: Sage Publishers
This book is an in-depth inquiry into why mentoring and coaching has become so popular in the 21st century. There are four main sections to the book: Scoping the field with a critical lens; From friendship to coaching; The dominant discourses of coaching and the Future of coaching. It provides a robust theoretical framework for understanding the different approaches used in this method of learning. it offers several frames of thinking to support and guide mentoring and coaching for both practitioners, academics and educators.

Brockbank, A. and McGill, I. (2006). Facilitating reflective learning through mentoring and coaching. London: Kogan Page.
In this book, a detailed description of theory and practice of mentoring and coaching is offered within a learning framework. It is divided into four main sections; Learning theories and values; Mentoring and coaching models; Practice skills and Boundaries and ethics. The book provides practical advice and activities through case studies, workshop templates and examples. The framework that structures the book specifies the different types of help and unpacks the confusion between the terms of mentoring and coaching as a complex human activity.

Zachary, L. J., & Fischler, L. A. (2009). The mentee’s guide: Making mentoring work for you. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
This book explores the mentoring experience from the perspective of a mentee looking at issues such as what to expect in a mentoring relationship, how to make the most of the experience, and learning how to ask for what you need.

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online learning communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
This book provides advice on effective strategies moving learning experiences to the virtual classroom blending both adult educational principles and online education techniques as well as building engaged online communities that help students meet their learning goals.

Erickson, T. J. (2010). What’s next, Gen X?: Keeping up, moving ahead, and getting the career you want. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.
This book deals with the cultural differences between Generation X and other large generations such as Boomers and Gen Y and their impact on how Generation X can become successful in getting the careers they want.

Lehman, R. M., & Conceição, S. C. (2010). Creating a sense of presence in online teaching: How to “be there” for distance learners (Vol. 18). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
This book discusses the creation of online presence as teachers and how this can relate to student experience. Authors include psychological and social aspects, as well as both instructor and student perspectives.

Zachary, L. (2012) The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, 2nd Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
In this book, Zachary explores the process of mentoring, provides practical tools and hands-on exercises, including a variety of useful worksheets. Intended for mentors, it provides very accessible materials that will assist anyone in developing a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.


APA Referencing

The links below can provide you with practical and hands exercises as well as information on APA referencing and citation.



Religious Holidays and Accommodation

The University of Ottawa provides religious accommodations “to allow students to observe religious practices that conflict with academic requirements.” To find out more information on the accommodation procedure, follow the link to the uOttawa Religious accommodations website.

Student Academic Success Service and Access Service

Access Service works with students and the university community to facilitate academic accommodations. The following video gives information about Ventus, the system in place to promote links between students, professors and faculty to best meet student needs.



Ventus – Student Service Management suite

The following links will direct you to where you can learn more about Student Academic Success Service and Access Service: