Faculty Research Forum: Mentoring and Research Culture

Mentoring and supervision can be challenging, especially as these skills are usually learned on the job. Adding to the challenges, mentoring relationships need to be tuned to the individuals and adaptable to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and countries. Faculty have an important role in creating the culture within their research teams by setting and reinforcing the expectations for mentors, mentees, supervisors, advisees, peers, and collaborators. Being intentional in setting up these relationships and adjusting them as time goes on by regularly discussing what is working and what is not is a way to stay on track. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we interact as well as the types of support and advising needed by students and research staff. Join this discussion to hear how others approach this issue, and learn about the campus activities and resources with which you can partner as you establish your research environment. 

  • Good mentoring relationships with advisees and research teams
  • Mental health and COVID challenges
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Anti-racism initiatives

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Session Details

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When: Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Where: JRR 397

Moderator: Karla Ewalt, Senior Associate Dean for Research

Featured panelists:

  • Anna Shields, Gordon Wu ‘58 Professor of Chinese Studies. Chair, Department of East Asian Studies, 2019 recipient of the Graduate Mentoring Award
  • Casey Lew-Williams, Professor of Psychology, 2021 recipient of the Graduate Mentoring Award
  • Shawn Maxam, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion