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.

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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
210 Illini Union

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

As outlined in the March 11, 2020 massmail from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris, university-sponsored events, including the following Mentoring Matters workshops, have been suspended. The health and safety of our Illinois family and our community is our highest priority.

Please contact the Special Events office at or 217-300-2736 if you have any additional questions regarding this event cancellation.

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Assessing Understanding

Fostering Independence

Cultivating Ethical Behavior

Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy & Plan

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.

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