The five most popular Chronicle posts of 2023

by Jean Rhodes

This past year has been marked by climate disasters, painful geopolitical events, the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has covered these topics through the lens of mentoring and has continued to provide opinions, profiles, and summaries of peer-reviewed research. We want to thank our readers, including our more than 13,000 subscribers, for your continued interest in the Chronicle. We know that your attention is pulled in countless directions, and it’s an honor that you share some of it with us. In case you missed them, here are five of the most frequently viewed posts of 2023.
  1. Perhaps not surprisingly, many readers were drawn to a recent synthesis of 22 years of mentoring research by Professor Matt Hagler and colleagues.
  2. Readers also flocked to the analysis of Mike Garringer and Chelsea Benning’s far-reaching study of “favorite” natural mentors
  3. Chronicle classic, by Prof. Adar Ben-Eliyahu, about the difference between qualitative and quantitative research continues to be our #1 ranked post. We also highlighted some excellent new examples of both quantitative (Mike Lyons and colleagues) and qualitative (Julia Pryce and colleagues) mentoring.
  4. A conversation with distinguished UVA Professor Bethany Teachman and expert on digital therapeutics was also popular.
  5. Finally, readers were drawn to a summary of five meta-analyses in the field of mentoring. New to meta-analyses? Adar Ben-Eliyahu has a nice explanation.

On a personal note, I was honored to receive both the 2023 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society and the 2023 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award for “Older and wiser: New ideas for mentoring in the 21st Century” from the American Psychological Association this past year. One of the major recommendations of the book is to enlist mentors in providing “Supportive Accountability,” an idea that launched a new supportive accountability app which, in turn, launched a new,  entrepreneurial life phase.

I am so grateful to the amazing graduate students, postdocs, and colleagues who have helped to advance this work. Finally, a special thanks to the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring’s amazing Megyn Jasman, Ariel Ervin, Saniya Soni, Ellen Parry Luff, and Jordan Cherry for their hard work this past year. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2024!