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.

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)

Updated 5/14/2020, 12:00 PM

Virtual Seminars

The remainder of the Mentoring Matters @Illinois Workshop series for the 2019-2020 academic year will be conducted in a virtual format. In order to maintain confidentiality of the discussions, sessions will not be recorded. Zoom meeting information will be sent to those who were previously registered for the in-person sessions.

Assessing Understanding

May 29, 2020 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Fostering Independence

June 4, 2020 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Cultivating Ethical Behavior

June 12, 2020 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy & Plan

June 18, 2020 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Please contact Staci Clodfelder in the Special Events office at or 217-244-0565 with any questions regarding registration for virtual sessions.

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Previously Held Seminars

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