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Carr Enters Business Partnership with UNCW

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Marsha Carr

Marsha Carr, assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, has entered into a business partnership with UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to bring Self-mentoring™ to the marketplace. The product will be offered through Edu-tell, a business Carr founded in 2006.

“The primary mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina,” said Ron Vetter, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School whose office oversees the CIE. “Dr. Carr is an excellent example of the kind of innovative faculty member the CIE is designed to support. Her self-mentoring model has spawned a new business venture that is being aided by the services provided by the CIE and demonstrates how the center can support a faculty member’s research ideas.”

Self-mentoring was developed by Carr to help individuals grow professionally and take charge of their own success. Participants in the program learn to improve research, collaboration and networking skills as they work through four levels of self-mentoring. The levels include self-awareness, self-development, self-reflection and self-monitoring.

Carr trademarked Self-Mentoring™ in 2011.

In April, she will travel to Australia, where she plans to expand her knowledge of the country’s educational administration preparation programs and share Self-mentoring™ with university professors and public school administrators.

Carr’s host is John Fischetti, head of school for the School of Education at the University of Newcastle and a former Watson College professor. Goals for the experience include collaboration on self-mentoring research as it relates to administrative preparation, something Carr said will help grow the self-mentoring business and enhance her effectiveness in the classroom, where she trains aspiring administrators enrolled in WCE’s Masters of School Administration program.

Carr has introduced Self-mentoring to teachers in Duplin, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Sampson counties, and is looking forward to sharing the model with administrators as well.

“I think there is tremendous value for administrators in learning how to self-mentor,” Carr said. “They are in an isolated position and often have to find resources and methods to counter the silo around them. I think Self-mentoring will be a natural fit.”

Carr has authored a book on Self-mentoring that will be published in February 2015 and an app is in development. For more information, visit www.selfmentoring.net.