Mentoring Matters at 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.

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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)

To attend one of the workshops, please register at the link provided at least one week prior to the session date.

Aligning Expectations
January 28, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
314 Illini Union

Promoting Professional Development
February 13, 2020 – 10:00 – 11:30 AM
314 Illini Union

Maintaining Effective Communication
February 25, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
407 Illini Union

Addressing Equity & Inclusion
March 11, 2020 – 9:30 – 11:00 AM
314 Illini Union

Assessing Understanding
March 26, 2020 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM
1005 Beckman Institute

Fostering Independence
April 7, 2020 – 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Heritage Room, ACES Library

Cultivating Ethical Behavior
April 29, 2020 – 3:00 – 4:30 PM
314 Illini Union

Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy & Plan
May 12, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Heritage Room, ACES Library

Who should attend?

  • Tenure-stream and Specialized Faculty, open to all ranks
  • Post-doctoral Fellows

Most of the topics are “stand-alone” and thus participants can choose to attend sessions that interest them the most; however, to build community among participants, attendance in most or all of the sessions is highly encouraged. Attendance will be limited to 25 participants per session, so please sign up early.

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