This Week for Faculty: Mentoring Workshop on December 7

by | Nov 16, 2022

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite all Columbia faculty that mentor graduate students and postdocs to engage in the upcoming workshop that is part of the Advancing Mentorship Practices: Supporting Mentors of Graduate Students and Postdocs at Columbia initiative:

“Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Inclusive Mentoring Skills” 
A 90-minute workshop for faculty facilitated by Lisa Fain, CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 12:00–1:30pm

Other opportunities to engage:

  • View the recording of the September 28 keynote: “Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment One Relationship at a Time”
  • Read the book Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage (Fain and Zachary, 2020) – available as an ebook through Columbia Libraries.
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your mentoring needs, email

Three tips as you gear up for the end of the semester

1) Take care of yourself
The end of the semester can be a stressful time for instructors and students. The CTL’s Teaching in Times of Stress and Challenge resource includes strategies for teaching during times of stress and highlights campus supports available to help you and your students navigate challenging times.


2) Sustain student engagement
At this point in the semester, students may be overwhelmed, distracted, or struggling to stay motivated. Check-in with students. Ask them to reflect on their learning experiences. Collect feedback, whether using an anonymous surveypoll, or discussion (in-person or online). Reignite engagement by pausing during class, integrating active learning strategies and giving students choice in how they complete activities and assignments.

3) Assess student learning
Encourage students to use the feedback that they have received during the semester as they get ready for final course assessments. Explore the CTL’s Resources for Assessing Student Learning.


The CTL is Here to Help!

Office Hours 
Join us for office hours via Zoom (or phone) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm to have your teaching with instructional technology questions answered.

Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss any teaching and learning need by emailing or email the CTL Learning Designer assigned to your school or department.