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MENTORING MATTERS

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Program Description

Mentoring Matters is a community learning opportunity, structured through workshops and sessions that emphasize the importance of mentorship to professional, personal and academic success for mentors and mentees at all stages of their careers. The series prepares participants to engage in and grow meaningful and productive mentoring relationships through targeted skill development, reflection, and implementation of strategies for success.​

All faculty, staff and students interested in topics and discussions centered on mentoring are invited to participate. Mentors will become familiar with tools and strategies to develop and improve their mentorship skills and help their mentees achieve their goals. Mentees will learn to recognize effective mentorship strategies and “mentor up” to proactively manage and navigate their mentoring relationships.

Workshops and series focus on three main competencies (C) essential to productive mentoring relationships.

C1: Leadership & Organization

  • Goal Setting 

  • Aligning Expectations

  • Resource Mapping

C2: Communication

  • Effective Conversation

  • Active Listening

  • Providing Feedback

C3: Relationship-Building

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Motivation & Trust

 

To earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge, hosted on Accredible, participants will:

  1. Attend at least three (3) Mentoring Matters workshops / sessions during the 2023-24 AY.

  2. Participate in at least one (1) synchronous, facilitated Mentoring Matters community discussion.

  3. Submit a structured reflection essay (max 250 words) describing your mentoring practice, plans to implement high-impact mentoring practices in the coming semester, and the impact of such practices on your teaching.

The series emphasizes the importance of mentorship to professional, personal and academic success for mentors and mentees at all stages of their careers. The series prepares participants to engage in and grow meaningful and productive mentoring relationships through targeted skill development, reflection, and implementation of strategies for success. Participants have the opportunity to earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge.

If you are interested in earning the badge, please join our Canvas site and click "Join This Course" in the upper-righthand corner. (If you are already a member of the site, you will not see this button.)

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Mentoring Matters Spring 2024 Workshops

To complete Mentoring Matters Competency 1, participants must attend at least three (3) Mentoring Matters workshops / sessions during the 2023-24 AY. We will check attendance. (Watching recordings of the workshops will not count towards attendance.)

 

Magna 20-Minute Mentors: How Can I Be an Effective Mentor? Self-Guided Online Course

Learn the essential principles you need to know about mentoring Junior Faculty in this Magna Publications online course: How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

You’re an expert in your field of study, and you can skillfully navigate the culture of your campus. Yet you may not have experience with mentoring junior faculty beyond lending some friendly advice upon occasion. Balancing theory and practice, this fast and focused Magna 20 Minute Mentor session will show you how you can be an effective advisor and coach without detracting from your other responsibilities. You’ll learn the principles of mentoring new faculty from their first semester teaching through the tenure process. Guiding your mentee toward self-sufficiency and success is the goal!

After participating in this program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basic principles of effective mentoring and recognize how these principles can be applied

  • Design and operate a productive mentoring relationship

  • Support a mentee through the five stages of development

  • Assemble additional resources as you manage new mentoring situations

 

To earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge, upon completion of this course, please create your Certificate and upload to our Canvas site.

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Developing Effective Mentoring Relationships to Improve Outcomes for Underrepresented Students
Monday, February 12, 11:30-1:00, Zoom

This workshop, hosted by Equity Accelerator, will explore effective mentorship practices for faculty-undergraduate student relationships.  First, we will discuss why mentorship and psychosocial support contribute to short-term and long-term persistence and performance gains among students, especially underrepresented students. Then, we will focus on how to engage in psychosocially supportive mentorship to increase student’s belonging, identity, and self-efficacy, which all predict student success over time. This workshop combines empirical evidence with interactive activities to further develop our skills as mentors to satisfy the psychological needs of all students and close pervasive equity gaps in STEM.

Meet your Equity Accelerator facilitator:

Sophie Kuchynka, PhD
EA Research Scientist
sophie@accelerateequity.org

Magna 20-Minute Mentors: How Can I Effectively Mentor Students?
Self-Guided Online Course

Learn some essential principles of mentoring students in How Can I Effectively Mentor Students? Designed for faculty and instructors, the course aims to increase your potential to mentor every time you have contact with students. Topics include opportunities and ways to engage with students through casual interactions, and how to help students learn and practice life skills through teaching.

 

To earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge, upon completion of this course, please create your Certificate and upload to our Canvas site.

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Practicing Effective Communication for Impactful Mentoring

Monday, April 1, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Dana Library, Room 320

Communication is key to any mentoring relationship. This workshop will help mentors to early career faculty and students identify, reflect on and practice skills for more effective communication with their mentees. Through a series of interactive activities, mentors will apply strategies to provide constructive feedback, communicate across diverse dimensions, engage in active listening and improve communication.

Dr. Ashaki Rouff
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, SAS-N
Associate Director, P3 Collaboratory

Dr. Kinna Perry
Assistant Dean, Graduate School - Newark

Register here

Mentoring Matters Community Discussion 

To be determined.

 

If you’ve attended at least 3 Mentoring Matters Workshops, join the Mentoring Matters community for an opportunity to share what you learned, practices you plan to implement and new strategies for all aspects of mentoring and mentorships.  

 

Participate in at least one (1) of these discussions and visit our Canvas site to earn your Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge. 

Mentoring Matters Fall 2023 Workshops

To complete Mentoring Matters Competency 1, participants must attend at least three (3) Mentoring Matters workshops / sessions during the 2023-24 AY. We will check attendance. (Watching recordings of the workshops will not count towards attendance.)

 

Crucial Conversations
Friday, September 22, 10-1, Zoom (not recorded)

The toughest conversations are the ones where the outcomes matter, there is a difference of opinion, and emotions are running high. These are the conversations that also matter the most. This workshop helps you to stop and plan your discussion to resolve issues without destroying relationships in both personal and work situations. It is also an opportunity to practice listening, speaking, and problem solving, so please come prepared to engage in interactive dialogue and listening exercises. 

Mentoring Matters Launch: Establishing an Effective Mentoring Relationship
Friday, October 6, 10-2, Zoom (recorded)

This workshop, the first in our Mentoring Matters program, will help attendees identify individual mentoring needs and set goals for productive and effective mentoring relationships. Modeled in part on the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) “Entering Mentoring” curriculum, the workshop will discuss tools and strategies to help prospective and current mentors and mentees:

  • Identify gaps in mentoring and support networks

  • Articulate personal and professional goals

  • Create and agree on a mentoring plan

 

Rutgers Faculty Diversity Collective: Mentoring 101

Friday, November 3, 10:00 AM

In collaboration with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. This workshop will help you:

  • Identify limiting beliefs about faculty mentoring

  • Establish an alternative, needs-based framework for mentoring

  • Create a plan to expand your current network

Rutgers University-New Brunswick has invested in an Institutional Membership with the NCFDD, an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. Members come from almost every discipline and represent a broad range of colleges and universities. Learn more about activating your membership.

Magna 20-Minute Mentors: How Can I Be an Effective Mentor? Self-Guided Online Course

January through February

Learn the essential principles you need to know about mentoring Junior Faculty in this Magna Publications online course: How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

You’re an expert in your field of study, and you can skillfully navigate the culture of your campus. Yet you may not have experience with mentoring junior faculty beyond lending some friendly advice upon occasion. Balancing theory and practice, this fast and focused Magna 20 Minute Mentor session will show you how you can be an effective advisor and coach without detracting from your other responsibilities. You’ll learn the principles of mentoring new faculty from their first semester teaching through the tenure process. Guiding your mentee toward self-sufficiency and success is the goal!

After participating in this program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basic principles of effective mentoring and recognize how these principles can be applied

  • Design and operate a productive mentoring relationship

  • Support a mentee through the five stages of development

  • Assemble additional resources as you manage new mentoring situations

 

To earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge, upon completion of this course, please create your Certificate and upload to our Canvas site.

Complete by February 29th in time for our Mentoring Matters Community discussion hosted on March 1st

Rutgers-Newark Magna Login/Registration Instructions

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