Graduate Studies has launched the Graduate Mentoring Initiative (GMI), a new mentoring program designed at fostering an engaged culture of faculty-graduate student mentoring across all academic disciplines.
The mission of GMI is to develop and sustain a faculty mentor training program that showcases lived experiences and resources at UC Davis, as well as to promote our own recognized and renowned mentors as campus leaders who can engage with their colleagues in promoting the value and impact of positive mentoring experiences. UC Davis faculty, appointed Mentor Fellows, will lead the mentor program for the campus. This faculty-led model really facilitates discussions amongst faculty on best practices, helpful tools, and ways to grow and develop as mentors.
The program was developed in consultation with an advisory board of faculty, graduate students, and staff and piloted to a group of faculty across disciplines during Spring Quarter 2021. The content uses the “Entering Mentoring” curriculum from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research as a base for the sessions.
The program consists of six interactive sessions that faculty will participate in as a series with their cohort. The topics include:
- Aligning Expectations
- Maintaining Effective Communication
- Addressing Equity and Inclusion
- Enhancing Mentee Work-life Integration
- Promoting Research Self-Efficacy
- Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy
Each GMI session is led by a UC Davis faculty facilitator, or mentor fellow, who will lead discussions.
- Chris Cappa, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Ambarish Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
- Pamela Lein, Professor, Molecular Biosciences and School of Veterinary Medicine
- Teresa Steele, Professor, Anthropology
- Archana Venkatesan, Professor, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies
Program Details and Application
Dates: Thursdays from April 14th to May 19th
April 14th, April 21st, April 28th, May 5th, May 12th, May 19th
Faculty must be available to attend all six sessions.
Location: 1230 Walker Hall
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2022
The cohort will be limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the program. There will be a waitlist enabled and used as needed.
Applicants must be a member of a UC Davis graduate group or program and should be a member of the Academic Senate or have the following Academic Federation titles: Adjunct Professors, CE Specialists (with Educator without Salary appointment), and Professional Research series (with Educator without Salary appointment).
Elizabeth Sturdy, Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives