Abstract

This autoethnography focuses on the author’s experience of being unexpectedly mentored by senior/Elder faculty members throughout her learning journey as an undergraduate and graduate student, and as a developing academic and researcher. Now, an associate professor, conducting research on tacit knowledge acquired, over an extended period of time by Elder faculty members in university settings, the author reflects on the significance of unexpected mentoring moments experienced along her own circuitous adult learning pathway.

Keywords

Elder knowledge, mentoring, dialogue.

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‘Unexpected’ Mentoring Moments Experienced through Dialogue with Elder Colleagues1

This autoethnography focuses on the author’s experience of being unexpectedly mentored by senior/Elder faculty members throughout her learning journey as an undergraduate and graduate student, and as a developing academic and researcher. Now, an associate professor, conducting research on tacit knowledge acquired, over an extended period of time by Elder faculty members in university settings, the author reflects on the significance of unexpected mentoring moments experienced along her own circuitous adult learning pathway.