Mentoring for Junior Faculty

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

This introductory workshop includes exercises to help individuals get the most out of their mentoring relationships. This includes how to identify a good mentor, steps to a successful mentoring relationship, differences between sponsors and mentors, how to resolve conflict within a mentoring relationship and the resources that are available through the Mentoring Academy.

Audience:  Designed for assistant and early associate professors but open to all faculty.

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Module 1 – Aligning Expectations and Developing Contracts

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

One critical element of an effective mentoring relationship is a shared understanding of what each person expects from the relationship. Problems in a mentoring relationship often arise from misunderstandings about expectations. Importantly, expectations change over time so frequent reflection and clear communication is needed to maintain a collaborative relationship.

Audience:  Open to all faculty.

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Module 2 – Maintaining Effective Communication; Assessing Understanding

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

Maintaining Effective Communication

Good communication is a key element of any relationship and a mentoring relationship is no exception. As mentors, it is not enough to say that we know good communication when we see it. Rather, it is critical that mentors reflect upon and identify specific characteristics of effective communication and take time to practice communication skills.

Assessing Understanding

Determining if someone understands the content and process of their discipline is not easy, yet this determination is critical to a productive mentoring relationship. Developing strategies to assess a mentee’s understanding, especially of core research, educational or clinical concepts, is an important part of becoming an effective mentor. Moreover, it is important for mentors to be able to identify the causes for a lack of understanding and strategies for addressing such misunderstandings.

Audience:  Open to all faculty.

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Module 3 – Achieving Academic Success in the University of California: Merits and Promotions

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

The objective of this course is to provide resources that will help mentors and mentees understand the academic merit and promotion processes and to train mentors to advise and assist mentees in preparation for promotion (across a variety of faculty/academic series).

Presenter: Colleen Clancy, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel, UC Davis Health

Audience:  Open to all faculty.

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Module 4 – Addressing Diversity and Inclusion

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

Diversity, along a range of dimensions, offers both opportunities and challenges to any relationship. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with diverse perspectives is critical to forming and maintaining both an effective mentoring relationship as well as a vibrant learning environment. In this session, discussions about how to foster an inclusive environment where everyone can do their best learning and create the highest quality of research, both because of and in spite of their diverse perspectives.

Audience:  Open to all faculty.

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Module 5 – Promoting Professional Development, Fostering Independence, and Sponsorship

This course is part of our core curriculum for the Mentoring Academy workshop series.

Promoting Professional Development

The ultimate goal of most mentoring relationships is to enable the mentee to identify and achieve some academic and professional outcomes after the training period. Non-research professional development activities are sometimes seen as secondary to the core business of doing research, but are often critically important to identifying and successfully meeting the mentee’s long-term career objectives, as well as to the research itself.

Fostering Independence

An important goal in any mentoring relationship is helping the mentee become independent; yet defining what an independent mentee knows and can do is often not articulated by the mentor or the mentee. Defining what independence looks like across career paths and stages, and developing skills to foster independence is important to becoming an effective mentor. Defining independence becomes increasingly complex in the context of collaborative research.

Audience:  Open to all faculty.

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New Faculty Workshop - Tools for Success

New! Speed Mentoring component added to this workshop.

For new faculty, navigating the culture of UC Davis Health, one’s department, work and life can be overwhelming. Mentoring relationships can help with that!  Our speed mentoring session will allow participants the opportunity to speak directly with senior faculty about their careers.

This workshop will also help faculty identify the skills needed for their continued academic success and will provide them with the resources available to support their work here at UC Davis Health. Important information will also be provided in the areas of teaching, research, faculty development, faculty mentoring and retirement planning.

This event is different from the new faculty workshop that is held on the Davis campus. The workshop in Davis will not provide you with information you will need to know that is unique to the UC Davis Health.

Audience:  All new faculty are encouraged to attend, especially if you work on the Sacramento campus.

This workshop to be offered again in fall 2019. Check back for date and details.