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Building Mentoring Skills for an Academic Career

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

In this series of lunchtime workshops for graduate students and postdocs offered by CIRTL at Cornell, you will develop essential research mentoring skills, particularly in disciplines where research is conducted collaboratively in a laboratory or field setting. Effective mentoring of students is a key skill influencing everything from research productivity to personal satisfaction. Learn best practices for mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers, and develop planning and communication skills needed to lead a research team.All sessions will be practical in nature and feature short pre-readings or videos, case studies or discussion with panelists, and self-assessments to help identify your strengths and desired areas for improvement.Interested participants should apply prior to the start of the series with the expectation of attending all workshops. Program completion certificates will be provided for fully participating in at least 4 of 5 sessions.All sessions are on Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00 pm and include catered lunch. Registered participants will receive location details for each session.Schedule of Topics for Spring 2019February 5, 2019 – What Makes a Good Mentor and Mentee? Exploring Learning, Motivation, and ValuesUnderstand key principles of learning and theories of motivation that can help you build a strong research group, and even learn more about yourself and values you wish to communicate to mentees.February 19, 2019 – Aligning Expectations and Guiding Doable ProjectsHow do you design a doable project with a defined timespan for a relative novice in your discipline? Learn how to set expectations for mentor and mentee to make sure the project and relationship stay on track.March 5, 2019 – Creating Inclusive Research SettingsCreate and sustain a research group and academic climate in which each individual feels safe and supported. We will discuss how to create a welcoming environment for groups typically underrepresented in higher education, while reflecting on our own identities and experiences and how they may be strengths or blind spots in our mentoring.March 19, 2019 – Handling Tricky Mentoring SituationsLearn how to address some of the trickiest situations you might encounter when mentoring undergraduate researchers or graduate students, from modeling appropriate research ethics to sharing co-advised students. We will also discuss how you might solicit feedback and turn around projects that aren’t going as planned (from the mentor’s perspective).April 9, 2019 – Supporting Mentees’ Professional Development: Helping them Present and Publish, and Writing Fair Letters of RecommendationRevisit some key ideas about effective communication to introduce your students to writing about and presenting their work. Learn how to write a fair letter of recommendation, and what not to say.Questions?Contact Colleen McLinn, CIRTL at Cornell Director, or 607-255-2030.Sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL at Cornell)

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