Mentoring Matters @Illinois Workshop Series

Using the research-based curriculum Entering Mentoring, the goal of this workshop series is to facilitate the process of becoming an effective mentor by providing an intellectual framework, opportunities to experiment with various methods, and a safe and confidential learning forum in which to solve mentoring dilemmas. Spring 2021 sessions will be conducted in a virtual format via Zoom.

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“Effective mentoring can be learned, but not taught. Most faculty learn to mentor by experimenting and analyzing success and failure, and many say that the process of developing an effective method of mentoring takes years… A skilled mentor is guided by a reflective philosophy that directs examination of the mentee’s challenging needs and how to best address them, creating fluidity in the relationship.” (Pfund, Branchaw, & Handelsman, 2014)

Most of the topics are “stand alone,” and thus participants can choose to attend only sessions that interest them the most; however, to build community among participants, attendance in most or all of the sessions is highly encouraged.

Who should attend?

These workshops are open to tenure-stream and specialized faculty members of all ranks, and post-doctoral fellows.

Introduction to Mentoring

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM
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Aligning Expectations

Monday, February 1, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM
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Promoting Professional Development

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
10:00–11:00 AM
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Deep Dive 1*

Monday, February 15, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM

Maintaining Effective Communication

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
10:00–11:00 AM
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Deep Dive 2*

Monday, March 1, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM

Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Thursday, March 11, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM
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Assessing Understanding

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
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Deep Dive 3*

Monday, March 29, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM

Fostering Independence

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
2:00 –3:00 PM
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Deep Dive 4*

Monday, April 12, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM

Cultivating Ethical Behaviors

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM
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Deep Dive 5*

Monday, April 26, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM

Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

Thursday, May 6, 2021
3:00–4:00 PM
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*Deep Dive sessions provide additional opportunities for participants to engage in further conversations on specific topics and ideas discussed at preceding sessions.

Archived Series

See the Mentoring Matters @Illinois Workshop Series Archive for topics in previous academic years.