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Pillar Two: Mentors
It was George Wythe's personal mentorship of Thomas Jefferson that was most influential in his adult education. Likewise was the mentoring of Aristotle by Plato, and before that, Plato's mentoring by Socrates. Historically, mentors have consistently played a key role. This is the essence of the Oxford tutorial model and a vital component of a student's experience at GWU.
In this way, our faculty also consider themselves mentors. The role of a mentor is to inspire and convince students to educate themselves, and to guide them through pitfalls and difficulties. Mentors cultivate meaningful relationships with their students, and spend one-on-one time with them on a regular basis. They encourage students to pay the price in their academic pursuits so that they can make a substantial difference throughout their lives.
It's not enough for instructors to be knowledgeable, they need to inspire a lifelong commitment in their students. George Wythe University faculty are themselves trained in the liberal arts and remain engaged in their own pursuit and application of knowledge. They are chosen for their passion for learning and growth, and their ability to kindle that same spark in their students.
Entrusted with the most important responsibility at the university, even the highest ranking faculty sees themselves as advanced students leading a group of fellow learners in a course of study. They continue their own education, pursue additional degrees, write books, create works of art, serve in community, church and nation, start and run businesses, sit on boards and generally engage in a lifelong pursuit of the attributes of statesmanship.
"The disciple is not above his master, and students forever bear the imprint of their teachers. In Jefferson's case, Wythe's emphasis on the importance of liberty under law helped to check Jefferson's fiery spirit and help him understand the difference between liberty and license. Wythe also instilled in Jefferson a love for books..."