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Mentoring for Early Career Faculty Members

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Mentoring relationships are more effective and satisfying, and best built when those seeking to learn from more experienced members of their professions take initiative and actively engage in developing these relationships.

Early career faculty members are advised to tap into and develop a useful group of mentors to guide them in their academic professional development, tapping individuals both within and outside of their current departments, schools, and institutions. Mentors individually and/or collectively provide critical guidance, material and emotional support, connections, collaborations, as well as serve as thought partners, friendly and important critics, and champions. 

Stanford Resources

For the most current Stanford University policies concerning "Junior Faculty Counseling and Mentoring," please consult Chapter 2, Section 8 of the Faculty Handbook, and scroll down to section 2.8.1.

Building Effective Mentoring Relationships (for mentors, mentees and Chairs)Providing effective mentorship to one's students and to faculty colleagues is an essential part of the faculty role. Effective mentorship of doctoral students and trainees is considered part of one’s teaching portfolio in evaluation for tenure and promotion. Building Effective Mentoring Relationships is a new self-paced course for mentors of doctoral students, mentors of faculty, department chairs and others who oversee mentorship structures, as well as for faculty mentees themselves. This course provides a wealth of tools, resources, and research-based best practices to enable effective mentoring relationships. The course has been designed to take approximately three hours and may be broken up into multiple short segments to suit your own schedule. The course site includes a valuable set of resources that you may return to again and again, as needed.  Click here for self-registration link.  

Mentoring, Advising, and Starting a Lab (for Early Career Faculty) John Boothroyd, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Burt and Marion Avery Professor of Immunology provides a series of video modules to help you start your lab and mentor and advise students and trainees. Even if you are not a lab scientist, these modules contain helpful information about mentoring and advising students, including how to set expectations and tips for one-on-one mentoring and establishing yourself as an early career faculty member. Click here for the self-registration link

Mentorship is Scholarship
Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, world-renowned chemist, Nobel Laureate, recipient of the AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award, and leader in advancing diversity in the sciences discusses how mentorship catalyzes innovation, accelerates knowledge transfer, and fosters the next generation of trailblazing researchers.Recorded session, Click here for the self-registration link.

Faculty Mentoring beyond Stanford

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