Building the Next Generation of Independent Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill
The research on mentoring in academia continues to provide evidence of the importance of mentoring to the professional development of junior faculty, postdocs, and/or graduate students. At a research-intensive university like UNC-Chapel Hill, mentoring is particularly important to help junior faculty and trainees become independent researchers. Many faculty members who step into the role of mentoring junior faculty, postdocs, and graduate students realize that they need help in understanding what it takes to help their mentees succeed in academia.
Co-sponsored with NC TraCS, the Mentoring Series introduces a variety of topics related to building a successful mentoring relationship that will help mentees become independent researchers. The audience for this series is faculty and postdocs who are mentors, as well as faculty and postdocs who are on mentored awards and training grants. The series does not accommodate research staff or students at this time.
The Mentoring Series consists of about five 60- or 90-minute modules throughout the academic year. Eligible participants can attend whichever of the modules they choose. Junior faculty or postdocs on career development or training grants can receive a certificate of completion for the modules they attend.
The modules take place on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. and cover the following topics:
- The role of mentoring in a person’s research career
- Structuring the mentor / mentee relationship
- Peer mentoring
- Challenges of mentoring and supervising postdocs and graduate students
Workshops for Faculty Mentors, Mentees, and Mentoring Program Designers
Helping Faculty Members Get the Most out of Mentoring Relationships and Programs
The CFE annually offers four workshops designed for faculty members who are looking to find a mentor, seeking to serve as a more effective mentor, or working to build or improve mentoring programs for junior or mid-career faculty. These workshops all feature panels of faculty members with significant experience working in successful mentoring relationships and building successful mentoring programs. The workshops all start at noon, run for ninety minutes, and include lunch for those who register.
- Becoming a More Effective Mentor to Early Career Faculty (November 13, 2014)
- Finding a Mentor and Making the Most out of the Mentoring Relationship (October 24, 2014)
- Developing Effective Mentoring Programs for Early Career Faculty (January 23, 2015)
- Strengthening Mid-Career Faculty Development: Promising Practices and Programs (February 27, 2015)