The Faculty Mentor Training Program focuses on effective communication, aligning expectations, equity and inclusion, mentoring for professional & career development, and supporting trainees in developing foundational skills.


Session Descriptions

  • Evolving Training Expectations for Mentors: this session will focus on new NIH training grant expectations as well as best practices for mentoring remotely, including:  resetting expectations for the current environment, helping trainees advance their careers while working remotely, tips and tools for staying connected, and supporting mentee well-being.
  • Effective Mentor-Mentee Communication: providing constructive feedback; communicating effectively across diverse dimensions (varied identities, disciplines, etc.); identifying different communication styles; engaging in active listening; using multiple strategies for improving communication.
  • Culturally Aware Mentoring: how diversity influences mentor-mentee interactions; recognizing the potential impact of conscious and unconscious assumptions; strategies for learning about, recognizing, and addressing issues of equity and inclusion.
  • BSD Faculty Introduction to Mental Health First Aid: This session will share data on student mental health and highlight some of the warning signs and symptoms of a mental health concern or emotional crisis. It will cover key campus resources and include group discussions to give faculty participants the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health concern. The session will be led by Julie Edwards, Director of Health Promotion, UChicago Student Wellness.
  •  Aligning Mentor-Mentee Expectations: establishing and communicating mutually beneficial expectations for the mentoring relationship; aligning mentee and mentor expectations; how personal and professional differences may influence expectations.  
  • Mentoring Your Trainees for Career Development: transferable skills that PhDs need in all careers; helping trainees hone these skills to simultaneously improve their research and prepare them for their future careers.

Previous Programs in this series:

Mentoring: Not Cloning, Not Supervising

Dr. Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, Director of Precision Medicine, and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California – San Francisco. 

The Faculty Mentor Training Program was launched on November 14, 2019 with a seminar on trainee mentorship with Keith Yamamoto, PhD.  Dr. Yamamoto recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century and previously served as co-PI of UCSF’s BEST (Broadening Experiences in Science Training) award.  He has also led or served on numerous national committees focusing on public and scientific policy, support of biological research, as well as science education. Please join us for this session as Dr. Yamamoto speaks on the topic of Mentorship in Academia.

Keith Yamamoto, PhD, UCSF

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