Purpose: Few organizations would question the importance of mentoring, yet
mentoring is an under-researched aspect of technical communication. In fact, the vast
amount of research across disciplines points to the need for new models for mentoring,
particularly for women. This article offers a new mentoring model.
Method: A comprehensive review of the literature with a workplace case study provides
a foundation for a new mentoring model in technical communication, addressing the
limitations of current models.
Results: The literature review exposes weaknesses in current models for mentoring
women. The recursive participatory mentoring (RPM) model developed in an academic
setting shows potential for addressing these weaknesses, as shown through a workplace
Conclusion: Technical communication needs new and innovative mentoring models
to address the needs of women in the workplace. The recursive participatory mentoring
model we describe provides the flexibility to be implemented in diverse workplaces and
professional organizations. The model has shown initial success in providing women
access to sustainable mentoring through their careers.