Professor’s Research Finds Benefits in Mentorship


HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 6, 2014 – High Point University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, recently presented a research poster at the annual American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Washington, D.C.

Elder’s presentation, entitled “The Impact of Mentorship on the Teaching and Professional Development of Early Career Psychologists,” examines the results of a national survey of early career faculty and their experience with mentors. The survey found that teaching-focused mentor relationships tended to be successful, free of challenges and associated with the use of more effective teaching strategies and model teaching behaviors.

Elder helped to conduct this research along with other members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s (STP) Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Council. Collaborators on this project are faculty members at Davidson College, the University of New England, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Sewanee: The University of the South. Elder served as a council member from 2011 to 2014 and as the co-chair of this national council from 2013 to 2014.

“Being selected to be a member of STP’s ECP Council was a great honor,” says Elder. “Although I am sad to see my three-year term as a council member end, I am delighted to continue working with the many dedicated early career individuals that I have met to further examine this critical period of the teaching career. We anticipate publishing these and other related findings in the coming months.”

Other research and resources generated by Elder during her time as a member of the ECP Council can be found at the following websites:

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