Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationships: Building a Mentoring Network

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Bay State & Castle Rooms, Hillel House, 213 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215

Summary: In this workshop with Dr. Melissa McDaniels from Michigan State University, graduate student and postdoctoral participants will be urged to think about the proactive roles they can play in ‘mentoring up’ – strategically and authentically negotiating their constellation of mentoring relationships. Using this lens, participants will be brought through a series of guided conversations and exercises to help them thing about how they might ‘map’ their mentoring networks, anchored by professional competencies, to empower themselves to optimize all mentoring relationships. Proactive engagement does not discount the responsibilities of the mentor – it instead will help participants think about what they can do to get (and contribute) to professional relationships.”

Those who enroll will receive a short survey to complete by March 1 to learn what questions participants are interested in related to the topic of ‘mentoring up’.

Bio: Melissa McDaniels is Senior Advisor to the Dean for Research Mentoring at the Graduate School and Postdoc Office at Michigan State University. She is Co-Director of the NIH-supported National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (www.nrmnet.net) Master Facilitator Initiative. She is also an investigator for the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (www.cimerproject.org) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. McDaniels continues to be an active facilitator, running workshops and training sessions on the topic of culturally responsive mentoring for the National Research Mentoring Network, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the American Society for Microbiology, the National Postdoctoral Association, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the NIH BUILD Institutions. Dr. McDaniels has spent over 25-years working with universities to promote environments that support inclusive excellence in mentoring and teaching. Dr. McDaniels holds degrees from Michigan State University (PhD), Boston College (MA), and University of Michigan (BA).