This Week for Faculty: Resources for teaching during times of stress and supporting your mentorship practice

by | Nov 16, 2023

Discuss teaching during times of stress with colleagues

Teaching in Times of Stress and Challenge: Conversations for Faculty

  • Monday, November 20, 12:00pm-1:00pm, online – Register
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2:00pm-3:00pm, in-person: 212 Butler Library – Register
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1:00pm-2:00pm, in-person: CUIMC Armory – Register
  • Tuesday, December 5, 12:00pm-1:00pm, online – Register

The CTL invites you to join colleagues from across the teaching community to discuss the ways we support our students and ourselves while teaching during times of stress. This informal space is for you to share your thoughts, experiences and find community with peers. The CTL will facilitate the conversation and share resources.

Unable to join us for these conversations? Please schedule a consultation and explore our related on-demand resource: Teaching During Times of Stress and Challenge.

Bring this conversation to your school or department as part of CTL To Go! Contact us at

Enroll in the *NEW* self-paced course Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

Building Effective Mentoring Relationships is a new self-paced course in CourseWorks that offers a framework to create effective mentoring relationships that are focused on learning. This course, for faculty and research officer mentors of graduate students and postdocs at Columbia, is organized around four modules that should take 90-minutes to complete. The modules draw on the mentoring cycle from Fain and Zachary (The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, 2022) and include:

  • Module 1: Preparing to Mentor
  • Module 2: Co-Constructing a Mentoring Plan
  • Module 3: Enabling Growth through Feedback
  • Module 4: Reviewing Your Mentoring Relationship

Each module encourages you to reflect on your mentoring practices and plan for conversations with your mentees. Find tips at the end of each module and complete the downloadable worksheet to prepare for discussions with your mentees.

Questions about the course? Contact us at

Connect to resources that support well-being

Being a graduate student and postdoc as well as a mentor is a lot of work. Take care of yourself and encourage your mentees to do the same. 

Consult with us!

Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your needs in mentoring graduate students and postdocs at Columbia by emailing

Questions or not finding what you need to support your mentorship practice? Reach out to us at

Upcoming co-sponsored workshop hosted by the Department of Statistics

Transforming Institutional Practices through Equitable and Inclusive Pedagogical Practices for Broadening Participation 
Thursday, November 30; 12:00 – 2:00pm, 309 Uris Hall | Register

Hosted by the Department of Statistics, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning; Department of Mathematics, Columbia University; Department of Mathematics, Barnard College; Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University.

In this workshop led by Padmanabhan Seshaiyer from George Mason University, participants will engage in learning about integrating equitable and inclusive pedagogy to enhance their own instructional practices for broadening participation in research, education and outreach. Lunch will be provided.