Making the most of your mentoring opportunities

Category: Time:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00
Room: Speaker:
Katie Hirschboeck
LTRR (semi-retired)
David Frank

This is an encore of a talk given annually for many years at the Fall Graduate Student Orientation at the University of Arizona.  It covers the roles of mentors, how to find and choose mentors, expectations and responsibilities on both sides of the mentor-mentee relationship, and strategies for a successful mentoring experience (including suggestions for effective communication, avoiding mentoring pitfalls, and maintaining an ethical mentoring milieu). The talk is illustrated with some real-world examples from my own graduate student years and my subsequent 33-year faculty career at three different universities (names withheld to protect the innocent!)   Best practices for these topics change with the times and are constantly evolving, so input and discussion will be encouraged throughout the presentation.