Mentor Training

The relationship between Mentor and Mentee can be a critical determinant for successful career development.   Effective mentoring of trainees and early career faculty is a professional responsibility, and the Office for Research Mentoring is offering a number of programs to help guide both novice and experienced mentors to expand their knowledge, and provide tools and resources to improve the mentor and mentee experiences. 

The Office for Research Mentoring is partnering with the National Research Mentoring Network to provide training for both mentors and mentees.  The course is adapted from the Entering Mentoring series developed by the University of Wisconsin and is given as a 6-hour workshop (or three 2-hour sessions as shown below) centered on group discussions and reflections. 

Image of three sessions on research mentoring.

Mentor training includes the following objectives:

Maintaining Effective Communication: developing skills to communicate across different backgrounds, engage in active listening, and provide constructive feedback.

Aligning Expectations: effectively establishing mutually beneficial expectations for the mentoring relationship

Assessing Understanding: using multiple strategies to assess and enhance mentee understanding of core concepts and processes

Fostering Independence: define independence and how it changes over the course of a mentoring relationship, and use strategies to build mentee confidence and foster independence

Promoting Professional Development: develop a strategy for guiding professional development and sustain a dialogue with mentees on professional goals

Equity and Inclusion: recognize the impact of conscious and unconscious assumptions, biases and preconceptions on the mentor-mentee relationship and learn strategies for addressing issues of equity and inclusion

Mentoring Philosophy: articulate your approach for working with mentees in the future