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Session 5: Mentoring and Coaching


This session will consist of a series of whole and small-group discussions related to mentoring and coaching. Traditional ‘top-down’ mentoring has been recognized as contributing to a wide range of personal and professional benefits, including increased sense of competence, self-efficacy, personal development, promotion, higher salaries, increased mobility and career advancement and success. However, these top-down relationships require time and effort to maximize them. Additionally, it is unlikely that a singular mentor will be able to satisfy all of your mentoring needs. The ability to take ownership of your own mentoring needs and create a network of mentors is a powerful skill that will be honed by this curriculum

Notes: Materials for this session were originally collated and presented by Kate Beard and Karen Kemp

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, participants will be able to…

Materials Needed

In this session, you will need the following materials:

Pre-Workshop Tasks

Before this session, please read the following article, and complete the following task.


Rockquemore, Kerry-Ann. 2013. “Mentoring Manifesto.” Inside Higher Ed. Link.


Search on your own university’s website to discover what resources and programs are offered for faculty mentoring. Get a sense of what your university is supporting, what the focus of faculty mentoring is, and how you can get involved as either faculty mentor or mentee.

If you can’t find anything on your campus, then check out the following:

Session Activities

1. Presentation on building a mentoring network through the use of the mentoring map. (30 minutes)

2. Fill out a mentoring map with discussion in breakout groups (20 minutes)

3. Set mentoring connection goals. Together, each participant states one key mentoring connection she will make in the coming year (10 minutes)

Additional Resources

  1. Gould, J. (2021). “How COVID-19 changed scientific mentoring”. Nature. Link.
  2. Special Issue on Mentoring in Times of Crises, Pandemics and Social Distancing. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education: Volume 10 Issue 2. Link.