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TEAM ADVANCE Faculty Mentor Training is open to all faculty (tenure- and fixed-term track) seeking to enhance their mentoring skills, especially for mentoring junior faculty.

The TEAM ADVANCE curriculum is adapted from Entering Mentoring, developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), and emphasizes equitable and intersectional mentoring skills and practices to support faculty mentees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Sessions include guided discussion, evidence-based practices, case studies and activities. Participants also have access to online learning modules and web-based resources. Faculty who complete the curriculum will receive a certificate of completion and recognition from the Office of the Provost, TEAM ADVANCE, and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

With the conclusion of the Spring 2021 workshop series, TEAM ADVANCE has trained 90 faculty mentors representing departments across campus.


Registration for Fall 2021 is closed. Faculty may express interest in the Spring 2022 cohort by visiting Participant Interest page, or by emailing teamadvance@unc.edu.

Below is our Fall 2021 schedule:

Intersectionality and Equitable Mentoring
Friday, August 27, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Effective Communication and Mentoring Expectations
Friday, September 24, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Mentoring and Providing Feedback
Friday, October 15, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Mentoring to Support Professional Development
Friday, November 5, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Developing Your Mentoring Philosophy
Friday, December 3, 1:30 to 4:30 PM


Graphic Depicting CIMER CompetenciesThe TEAM ADVANCE Faculty Mentor Training is adapted from CIMER’s Entering Mentoring curriculum, and workshop content aligns with six of CIMER’s core mentoring competencies:

  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Aligning Expectations
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion
  • Fostering Independence
  • Promoting Professional Development
  • Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

Throughout the training series participants have opportunities to reflect on and continue to articulate their mentoring philosophies and formal mentoring plans. Thus, TEAM ADVANCE positions Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan as a central competency shaped and informed by other mentoring competencies.


The training is designed for all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and fixed-term) and emphasizes mentoring skills for mentoring early- and mid-career faculty. Faculty may also be invited to participate in TEAM ADVANCE’s research activities; however, involvement in research activities is voluntary and not required for participating in Faculty Mentor Training.


Faculty in the biomedical and life sciences who mentor postdocs and students may be interested in the Office of Graduate Education’s Faculty Mentoring Workshop for Biomedical Researchers. Also based on CIMER’s Entering Mentoring, OGE’s training helps biomedical faculty develop their skills for mentoring graduate students and postdocs.