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
Equity & Inclusion
Motivation & Trust
To earn the Mentoring Matters micro-credential and badge, hosted on Accredible, participants will:
Attend at least three (3) Mentoring Matters workshops / sessions during the 2023-24 AY.
Participate in at least one (1) synchronous, facilitated Mentoring Matters community discussion.
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 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.)
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 Mini Course
More details to follow.
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