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Workshops on Building a Strong Mentoring Culture at the University of Mississippi

Effective mentoring is too important simply to be left to chance. By learning more about the best practices of mentoring, and sharing experiences and goals, we can articulate better outcomes for the mentoring of graduate students. The Graduate School, the ORSP, DCE, and CETL are collaborating to provide two workshops (each available in two instances) this spring on effective mentoring at our university. These workshops will focus on topics such as:

• how to support effective mentoring practices
• how to avoid mentoring pitfalls
• how the unique needs of mentees can be identified and addressed
• how to consider the varied and specific perspectives of mentors and of mentees
• the importance of supporting the mental health and work/life balance of mentees
• the value of effective mentorship
• how to improve as a mentor
• what to expect and to request as a mentee.

These workshops will be of particular interest to current and future faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Each workshop will be repeated—so we suggest that you plan to attend one of each—and takeaway lunches will be available for those who RSVP.

 

Workshop 1: A Panel Discussion on Mentoring Experiences

21 March 2022, 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., Student Union 124 – RSVP link
22 March 2022, 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., Student Union 124 – RSVP link

What are effective mentoring practices? How do we support effective mentors, and how do we share their knowledge and experiences? This panel will address their experiences with mentoring at the University of Mississippi.

• Dr. Cristiane Surbeck, Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering
• Dr. Leigh Anne Duck, Associate Professor of English
• Dr. John Bentley, Professor of Pharmacy Administration
• Dr. Norris “EJ” Edney III, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
• Kritika Gupta, Ph.D. Student in Nutrition and Hospitality Management
• Dr. Annette Kluck, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Leadership & Counselor
Education, Moderator

 

Workshop 2: Case Studies and Vignettes of Mentoring Challenges

28 March 2022, 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., Student Union 321 – RSVP link
29 March 2022 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., Student Union 321 – RSVP link

By examining realistic scenarios, difficulties in mentoring and steps needed for effective mentoring can be addressed. In this session, hosts will present three mentoring vignettes. Participants will work in groups to discuss responses to the mentoring challenges and identify best practices.

Dr. Norris “EJ” Edney III, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Moderator.

 

For full details on these workshops, please click workshop announcement..