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Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in The Academy

Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Huang 300, Mackenzie Room

Registeration is closed.

Do you have a reliable and strong network of mentors? The Mentoring 101 workshop is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of mentorships and how to get what you need to thrive in academia. Learn to cultivate strong mentoring relationships and sponsors that help you move to the next level.

Learning Objectives

All participants will:

  • Map your current mentoring network
  • Identify the pressing areas of need that are not being met
  • Create a plan to expand your existing mentoring network

Program Description

Traditional ideas about mentoring often leave graduate students feeling that something is missing in their professional development. This workshop is designed to start a new type of discussion about mentoring. It describes the common problems that students experience and why traditional mentoring programs often fail to meet those needs. The session proposes an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship towards building a broad network of support, community, and accountability. The workshop concludes with a presentation of best practices in mentoring.

This workshop was developed by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. Its resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a range of topics such as time management, overcoming academic perfectionism, developing a daily writing plan, writing grant proposals, and more. These resources offer concrete guidance that could increase your productivity and your sense of well-being.

Facilitated by Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD, is a professor at North Carolina State University. Dr. Gayles has published more than 35 refereed articles and book chapters on the college student experience and has more than 60 national conference presentations to her credit. Dr. Gayles participated in NCFDD's Faculty Success Program in 2014 and has been coaching new assistant and mid-career faculty for the past three years.


Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at all levels are welcome to register.

Due to the workshop's interactive format and limited spots, full participation is required.

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