Mentor Spotlight: 12 Questions with Josefina Lujan

Josefina Lujan

At WGU Texas, our faculty serve in two distinct mentor roles—student mentors and course mentors (learn more about our entire team of faculty). These faculty members focus solely on supporting students’ academic success and build meaningful relationships that support our students along their diverse paths to graduation.

Course mentors are subject-matter experts who support students as they engage specific sections of the WGU Texas curriculum. Their experience and training is specific to the courses they support, and most have completed terminal degrees in their fields. They can address any issue that might arise related to a course, a learning resource, or an assessment. Course mentors also work with our talented, dedicated students to bring our courses of study to life through online forums, by providing instructional support, and through facilitated learning communities. WGU Texas course mentors play a significant role in helping our students achieve their full potential and complete an online degree program.

As part of National Mentoring Month, this week’s spotlight focuses on Course Mentor Josefina Lujan, who recently began with the College of Nursing. Josefina shared the “ins and outs” of her job, who inspired her to achieve her dreams, and her favorite local eatery.

Name: Josefina Lujan
Job title: Course Mentor, College of Health Professions
Time with WGU Texas: 4 months

  1. What made you want to be a course mentor?
    I wanted an opportunity to contribute to the competency-based, affordable, accessible, and cutting-edge technology-based education of nursing students, especially in underserved communities.
  2. What is a typical workday for you? 
    I start my day by making a personal journal entry and facilitating a successful launch of the day for family members (two teenagers, spouse, and Taco the Chihuahua and his mate Mari). I then meditate for five minutes and do a five-minute stretch routine before starting my course mentor split-shift day. Throughout the work day, I engage in phone conferences with students—responding to their emails and community postings, as well as attending meetings and in-services. I then end my workday by calling students and responding to email, as well as providing webinars during my scheduled two-to three-hour evening session.
  3. What are some of your responsibilities? 
    I facilitate interaction of students with the course of study and develop learning resources that respond to gaps in student learning. In addition, I tailor study plans and mentor students to maximize their acquisition of course competencies. 
  4. What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
    I enjoy speaking with students from across the U.S. about statistics as they apply to research in their individual nursing work settings.
  5. What do you feel are the advantages of an online university such as WGU Texas? 
    It’s great to see an online university offer much-needed flexibility for working nurses.
  6. What advice/guidance do you find yourself most commonly giving to students? 
    I like to remind my students to visit the course community frequently.
  7. What’s your proudest accomplishment as a course mentor?
    I coached a nursing student who had been out of school for over 20 years to success on her third attempt on the Objective Assessment. 
  8. What is your favorite part about mentoring adult learners? 
    I really enjoy learning about their plans to apply new course knowledge.
  9. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
    “You could teach statistics to my dachshund.”
  10. Who do you most look up to and why? 
    I look up to my mother the most. She helped me and four siblings become nurses and overcome a life of despairing poverty through formal education. She’s always cheering us on with her mantra, “We are not here to see if we can; it is because we can that we are here.”
  11. Is there someone who has been a great mentor to you? 
    Former Texas Secretary of State Esperanza Hope Andrade. 
  12. What’s your favorite restaurant or local eatery?
    Chicos Tacos in El Paso, TX 

Thank you, Josefina, for your service to WGU Texas and for your commitment to our current and future graduates.

Are you interested in becoming a course mentor for WGU Texas? Click here to find out how!

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