Definition of a McNair Mentor
A McNair Mentor provides guidance and support to his/her assigned scholar for the completion of their research projects. The mentor also provides advice to students in preparation for a successful entrance to graduate school.
“A mentor is a teacher, a counselor, and a role model who leads his or her mentee through guidance and who inspires him or her to move forward by providing continuous support, direction and advice.” -- Unknown author.
At Marian University, both Faculty and Staff can serve as mentors, provided that they demonstrate expertise for an applicable discipline and have a proven track record substantiating the qualities that support mentorship. Though a doctorate is preferred, a terminal degree in the mentor’s area of expertise at the Masters level or higher and/or significant experience in the field is acceptable (e.g. advanced computer technological skills or juried reviews of art/music).
Faculty Mentor’s Responsibilities
McNair Scholars credit their Faculty Mentors, rightfully, as vital to their success with the research internship and their overall progress towards graduate study. Faculty Mentors assist Scholars in developing professional work habits, research skills, and relationships conducive to future doctoral pursuits. Faculty Mentors’ collaboration with McNair staff, who provide administrative support, also contributes greatly to the effective operation of the program overall. Faculty Mentors’ specific responsibilities include the following:
Facilitating the Scholar’s research and other scholarly work
Promoting a professional relationship with the Scholar
Fostering the Scholar’s general intellectual development and preparation for Graduate Studies
Participating in McNair Scholars Program events
Current McNair Mentors
Mary J. Polchert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Shane Boeder, Ph.D.
School of Arts, Humanities and Letters
Janet McCord, Ph.D.
Department of Thanatology
Jeffrey G. Reed, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Business
Mary Kate Friess, MSN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Lance Urven, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Math and Natural Sciences
James Gray, J.D.
Director of Sport & Recreation Management Program
Richard Lemke, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice Professor
Michael Doherty, Ph.D
School of Business
Susan Bornstein-Forst, Ph.D
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Andy J. Gill, MAE -- School of Criminal Justice
Amy Hennings, MA -- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Leslie Jaber-Wilson, MSW -- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Helen Moll, MSW -- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jerry Burns, Ph.D. -- School of Arts, Humanities, and Letters
Jennifer Krueger, MS -- Director of First-Year Experience
John Morris Ph.D. -- School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Thomas Wallestad, MFA -- School of Arts, Humanities, and Letters
Stephen J. Merrill, Ph.D. -- Marquette University
Sr. Cyndi A. Nienhaus, Ph.D. -- School of Arts, Humanities, and Letters