This Week for Faculty: Engage in the Advancing Mentorship Practices Initiative!

by | Oct 26, 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 offerings that are part of the Advancing Mentorship Practices: Supporting Mentors of Graduate Students and Postdocs at Columbia initiative.

View the recording of the September 28 keynote: Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment One Relationship at a Time
View recording

Book discussions on Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage (Fain and Zachary, 2020)
60-minutes online, facilitated by the CTL. Request a copy of the book in advance of the conversations.

Three Tips on Mentoring for Learning

Three tips for supporting yourself and your graduate student and postdoc mentees:

  1. Take care of yourself. Mentoring requires social and emotional presence in your relationships. In order to be a support for your graduate student and postdoc mentees and their learning, you need to care for yourself. The workload of teaching and mentoring can be overwhelming. Proactively create a self-care plan, manage the time you spend on mentoring, and establish boundaries with your mentees.
  2. Connect mentees to resources and networks. Mentees will need different types of support and access to opportunities throughout the mentoring relationship. Mentors play a pivotal role in connecting mentees to resources and individuals in the profession available both on and off campus to help them achieve their goals. 
  3. Support your mentees’ well-being. Empower your mentees to take care of themselves. Being a graduate student or postdoc can be a stressful and isolating experience. Share campus wellness and health resources available.

Explore External Resources on Mentoring

Watch the webinar: Mentorship: Efficient and Effective Practices (Landry, 2022) from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. To access the recording, activate your Columbia sponsored membership.

Listen to The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) podcast series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The series highlights evidence-based mentorship practices and features personal mentorship stories of leaders in academia, business, and the media.

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.