Auburn University's mission is defined by its land-grant traditions of service and access. The University will serve the citizens of the State through its instructional, research and outreach programs and prepare Alabamians to respond successfully to the challenges of a global economy.
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AAUP is a nonprofit membership association of faculty and other academic professionals. The mission of AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards; and to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals and those engaged in teaching and research.Less
NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior, and mental health. The NASP vision is that all children and youth access the learning, behavior, and mental health support needed to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.Less
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One of the more controversial Gallup poll questions finds that having a best friend at work leads to better performance. However, if you really want to perform better at work and advance your career, you'd be wise to find a mentor instead. Unlike friends who often only tell you what you want to hear or try to make you feel good, a mentor will speak the truth. You can find mentors both inside and outside your current institution, but be sure to pick the right ones.
Chefs make great dishes by mixing a variety of flavors. Great directors bring together the right crew, actors, and writers to film a great movie. Likewise, the best leaders in higher education assemble a team of people with complementary -- not identical -- talents and perspectives. The ability and experience to find the right mix and use the advantages of diversity is truly a leadership competency. Every supervisor, manager, administrator, coach, teacher, or leader would be wise to develop this skill.
Over the years, you've probably heard this career advice: Follow your passion and be an expert in your field. As it turns out, it may not be in your best interest. Experts say that the advice to follow your passion reflects a fixed mindset, meaning you believe your qualities are “carved in stone." That mindset sets many aspiring professionals up for failure. Instead, higher education professionals need a growth mindset and institutions a culture of development.