12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch will be provided; registration required - please plan to attend all FOUR sessions:
This series of four meetings is designed to help you learn to be an effective mentor, not only for future students you might have, but also for undergraduate students and others you might be supervising right now. It is often said that good mentoring can be learned, but not taught. We will try to teach you, but you all will have to be receptive and ready to learn to make the experience worth your time. Each student you encounter in your careers will be different, and so to be an effective mentor you have to learn strategies that can be applied to deal with different mentoring situations.
During our four meetings, we will discuss approaches to mentoring and provide various case studies that will give you a chance to analyze approaches and decide for yourselves those you think provide effective mentoring strategies. In so doing, we hope you generate for yourselves a mentoring bag of tricks that will help you deal with the myriad interpersonal situations you might expect to encounter during your career.
Our role will be to facilitate the discussions, ask questions, keep the group focused, and point out certain principles of good mentoring as they arise. As you might imagine, your role as an attendee will require you to participate willingly in the discussions, so please come prepared to do just that.
Roger Sloboda, Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biology
Kerry Landers, Assistant Dean and Visiting lecturer at the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program