Online Application Guides

View the online IDP Guide for Mentees (PDF) 

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) have been shown to increase career satisfaction and productivity by 20-50% and reduce conflicts between mentees and mentors.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) – General (PDF)

Additional Resources

Current list of Department or Center Mentoring Directors

Guidelines for Department or Center Mentoring Directors

Current list of Mentoring Academy mentors

UC Davis Health Research Profiles — a tool to help identify UC Davis schools of medicine and nursing faculty by research topic area

About UC Davis Profiles — a research networking and expertise discovery platform

Login for UC Davis Profiles — login page for University of California campuses

National Research Mentoring Network — a site to search for potential research mentors

IDP FAQs


You must be UC Davis Faculty with a record in the Faculty Information System to access the online IDP. If you are seeing an error when you try to access the Mentee Dashboard, it means that the system could not validate that you are a UC Davis faculty member. If you feel you are seeing this in error, contact the Mentoring Academy for assistance.

First, you must have a UC Davis log in (Kerberos) to access the application.

Second, in order to access the Mentor Dashboard there must be at least one IDP in the system for which you are assigned as one of the following: Department Mentoring Director, Center Mentoring Director, Primary Mentor or Additional Mentor. If there are no IDPs in the system for which you have one of these roles, you will not have access to the Mentor Dashboard.

Once an IDP has been Acknowledged by your Primary Mentor it is considered final and can’t be edited. If you would like to make additional updates to an Acknowledged IDP you can copy it and then you will be able to edit it and submit it for approval.

 When you submit your completed IDP your Primary Mentor will review it. If they would like you to make some revisions they will return it to you. Click on the “View Reason” button from the Mentee Dashboard to read a short note about why the IDP was returned. Your Primary Mentor should also reach out to you to discuss the requested revisions in person. Once you understand why the IDP was returned, click on Edit from the Mentee Dashboard and make the necessary updates. Then you can resubmit it for review. (Please note: The View Reason button will disappear once you start making your revisions.)

For Mentees, once you have started an IDP it will appear as In Progress on the Mentee Dashboard. Click on the View button to open a PDF version of that IDP. You can then print or email a copy of the PDF. (Please note: Mentees can view any IDP regardless of the status. However, Mentors are not able to view In Progress IDPs)

 This select list is populated from the Faculty Information System. If this list is blank, or if your Department Mentoring Director is not listed it is because the data is not populated in the Faculty Information System. Contact the Mentoring Academy and let them know what the issue is so they can enter the missing data in the Faculty Information System.

This select list is populated from the Faculty Information System. If this list is blank, or if your Center Mentoring Director is not listed it is because the data is not populated in the Faculty Information System. Contact the Mentoring Academy and let them know what the issue is so they can enter the missing data in the Faculty Information System.

This select list is populated from the Faculty Information System. If this list is blank, it is because the data is not populated in the Faculty Information System. Contact the Mentoring Academy and let them know what the issue is so they can enter the missing data in the Faculty Information System.

You should have met with your mentoring team before you start working on your IDP. If you do not know who is on your team contact your supervisor.

Contact the Academic Personnel Coordinator in your department for any questions related to academic action.

Only Mentors, including Additional Mentors, with Kerberos may access the Mentor Dashboard. Please see the how can I print or email my IDP section for guidance on sending the completed IDP to your non-UC Davis Additional Mentor.

Only the Primary Mentor, CMD, DMD, and Mentoring Academy Staff, can update an IDP’s Status. Please contact the Mentee directly with any edits.