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Academic Career Mentoring Consultation Service

The goal of this service is to increase the number of investigators who succeed in obtaining mentored research career awards by creating a supportive infrastructure for both new and seasoned mentors and their protégés.

We provide a series of educational workshops designed to foster better mentoring skills by addressing commonly encountered challenges such as giving feedback, diversity and cross disciplinary mentoring. In addition, we offer an online mentor course with readings and vignettes that address specific situations. Mentors post their responses to these vignettes and can attend a workshop to discuss their responses.

Individual consultations with a member of the mentor development committee are also available to address the following:

  • Finding a mentor: Meet with member of mentor development committee for advice on where to find a mentor, how to build a mentor team
  • K- Award Applications: Junior faculty applying for mentored research career awards (K01, K08 or K23) can receive feedback on their grant proposal with respect to the mentoring plan (and supporting letters), career goals and institutional environment with respect to career development activities. Proposal draft and any reviews should be submitted along with current NIH style CV from both protégée and mentor. Mid-career faculty applying for K24 or other training grants can also apply for similar feedback after submission of a draft of their grant application and CV.
  • Academic Career Planning: These consultations will provide faculty with personalized advice and feedback about short and long term career planning and professional development. Faculty must provide a brief academic career plan (form available online) that includes their professional goals and their current CV. Faculty can meet with the committee member 2-3 times over the course of a 1-year timeframe.
  • Situational Advice: Confidential advice is available for specific mentoring problems including personal conflicts or ethical concerns. Resources available to help with sensitive issues (through the Intercessors Office or Employee Assistance Program) are examples of types of concerns that might be discussed.
  • Clinical Research Center (CRC) applications: First time applicants to the CRC can receive written feedback on their proposal, independent of CRC committee review, through a one on one consultation.