Research Mentoring Training

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced trainee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of the academic success of scientists and engineers in training. The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) has developed a curriculum based on proven mentorship development curricula, which is used in the design of this training. The topics are universal and they fit fields outside of STEM.

Federal funding agencies are calling for evidence-based development of mentoring skills as an important component of successful grant proposals. By participating in this workshop faculty will develop and/or enhance their mentoring skills and receive resources and materials to support effective mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral trainees.

Learning Outcomes
  • Effectively establish and communicate mutual expectations for the mentoring relationship
  • Communicate effectively across diverse dimensions including various backgrounds, disciplines, generations, ethnicities, positions of power, etc.
  • Assess their mentees’ understanding of core concepts and processes
  • Identify various reasons for a lack of understanding, including expert-novice differences
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Use multiple strategies to enhance mentee understanding across diverse disciplinary perspectives
  • Improve and expand understanding of equity and inclusion, and how diversity influences mentor-mentee interactions
  • Employ various strategies to build mentee confidence, establish trust, and foster independence
  • Identify the roles mentors play in the overall professional development of their mentees
  • Articulate a mentoring philosophy and plan
Participation Requirements

Participants will need to attend all three workshops and complete the surveys as well as the pre-workshop readings and activities:

Parts 1 and 2: Better Research through Better Mentoring

Part 1 topics

  • Aligning expectations
  • Assessing understanding
  • Fostering independence

Part 2 topics

  • Effective Communication
  • Promoting professional development
  • Articulating your mentoring plan

Part 3: Addressing Equity and Inclusion in Your Research Mentoring 

 

The workshop is offered through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and is open to the following individuals:

  • All faculty (new, tenure-track, tenured, associated)
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Senior graduate students

 

For more information and to register for an upcoming workshop, visit http://u.osu.edu/osupac/mentoring-training/.

Required Hours
12
Timeline for Completion
1-4 academic terms