Psychology Professor Presents His Research in the UK

Mark Hager, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Menlo College, presented his paper, “Mentoring relationships and doctoral supervision in a global knowledge economy,” at the International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training, hosted in April by the UK Council of Graduate Education in Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Hager’s research focuses on promoting best practices for mentoring relationships in higher education. Dr. Hager spoke about faculty practices that help doctoral students succeed, paying special attention to psychological and social issues such as identity development, role modeling and social integration of doctoral students into communities of research and practice. This was Dr. Hager’s second presentation before the UKCGE, having been an invited speaker at the inaugural International Conference on Professional Doctorates in 2009.

In May this year, Dr. Hager presented research on theoretical foundations of mentoring relationships in higher education at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.