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.
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 topics in the series 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.
Check back for more information on this series for the current year.
See the Mentoring Matters @Illinois Workshop Series Archive for topics in previous academic years.