Mentoring

ICTR Mentoring page photoEffective mentoring is a key component of the education and training of clinical and translational researchers. ICTR strives to provide a supportive environment to our scholars and trainees, as well as their mentors, that includes research mentoring to foster growth throughout one’s professional career pathway. Our introductory Mentor and Mentee Resources are framed around the four phases of the relationship: Selection, Alignment, Cultivation, and Closure. Please see below to access in depth resources associated with each phase.

ICTR is also a leader in the development of mentoring resources and specialized training curricula across the biomedical, translational, and clinical disciplines. Members of our mentoring team have developed, tested, and disseminated nationally recognized workshops for mentor and mentee training throughout the CTSA consortium. These initiatives are part of a larger coordinated NIH effort to diversity the biomedical research workforce.

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Our research mentor and mentee training curricula are available on the UW-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) website.

There you will find:

  • Curricula for all career stages, undergraduate through senior faculty
  • Guidance on Implementation
  • Customized Free Evaluation Services

More questions? You can contact us at mentoring@med.wisc.edu

Resources for Each Phase of the Mentoring Relationship

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Selection for Mentors

Selection Phase Resources

The selection phase begins by taking the time to gain clarity about your motivation to mentor as well as the strengths, goals, and areas of development of your potential mentee. The more information you can gain and share in investigatory meetings with potential mentees the better the ultimate fit will be. Review the material below to set yourself up for a successful match.

Selection Resources

Including:

  • Questions to ask yourself before you begin
  • Mentee selection
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings on Selection

Alignment for Mentors

Alignment Phase Resources

The Alignment phase is where formal and informal mentoring can part ways, where early conversations about goals, roles and timelines get fleshed out and, in a more formal approach, written down for future assessment and revision. Taking the time early in the mentoring relationship to articulate, align, and document scientific and relational expectations is an investment in developing trust, effective communication and shared goals. Discussions with your mentee should include compatibility of learning and communication styles, expectations around progress, and intentions of oversight or supervision.

Aligning Expectations

Including:

  • What to Align
  • Alignment Process
  • Signs of Misalignment
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings on Alignment

Cultivation for Mentors

Cultivation Phase Resources

In the Cultivation phase, the mentor and mentee follow through on the expectations and timelines outlined in the Alignment phase, modifying the specifics as the relationship plays out. Mentoring teams become fully assembled with clearly defined roles relating to the scientific and career development needs and goals of the mentee. For you as a mentor, the cultivation phase means tailoring opportunities to your mentee that foster their growth and then providing the encouragement and agreed upon resources that empower them to succeed and become more independent.

Cultivation Resources

Including:

  • Assessing understanding & supporting mentee learning and development
  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Communicating ethics
  • Mentoring across differences
  • Managing mentoring challenges
  • Assessing the mentoring relationship
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings on Cultivation

Closure for Mentors

At all phases of the mentoring relationship, both you and your mentee should feel motivated and confident that each is contributing toward shared goals. Once the mentoring relationship has served its purpose and the long-term goals are achieved, or it becomes clear that those goals are not going to be met, it is helpful to have a framework or set of conditions in place for when the association should change or end.

Closing Resources

Including:

  • Preparing for Closure
  • Relevant Readings on Closure

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Selection for Mentees

Selection Phase Resources

The selection phase begins by taking the time to gain clarity about your strengths, goals, and areas of development. The more information you can communicate in investigatory meetings with potential mentors the better the ultimate fit will be. Review the material below to set yourself up for a successful match.

Selection Resources

Including:

  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • Finding a mentor
  • Assessing fit
  • Building a mentor team
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings for Selection

Alignment for Mentees

Alignment Phase Resources

The Alignment phase is where formal and informal mentoring can part ways, where early conversations about goals, roles and timelines get fleshed out and, in a more formal approach, written down for future assessment and revision. Taking the time early in the mentoring relationship to articulate, align, and document scientific and relational expectations is an investment in developing trust, effective communication and shared goals. Discussions with your mentor should include topics such as compatibility of learning and communication styles, expectations around progress, and intentions of oversight or supervision.

Aligning Expectations

Including:

  • What to Align
  • Alignment Process
  • Signs of Misalignment
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings on Alignment

Cultivation for Mentees

Cultivation Phase Resources

In the Cultivation phase, the mentor and mentee follow through on the expectations and timelines outlined in the Alignment phase, modifying the specifics as the relationship plays out. Mentoring teams become fully assembled with clearly defined roles relating to the scientific and career development needs and goals of the mentee. For you, this phase means leveraging the strengths outlined in the Individual Development Plan (IDP), as well as cultivating your areas for growth, and communicating your needs as they change; it means seizing opportunities as they arise and following through with intentional action.

Cultivation Resources

Including:

  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Mentoring across differences
  • Managing mentoring challenges
  • Assessing the mentoring relationship
  • Downloadable resources and relevant readings on Cultivation

Closure for Mentees

At all phases of the mentoring relationship, both you and your mentor should feel motivated and confident that each is contributing toward shared goals. Once the mentoring relationship has served its purpose and the long term goals are achieved, or it becomes clear that those goals are not going to be met, it is helpful to have a framework or set of conditions in place for when the association should change or end.

Closure Resources

Including:

  • Preparing for Closure
  • Relevant Readings on Closure

Mentoring Team

Christine Pfund

Director, Mentorship Initiatives

cepfund@wisc.edu

Stephanie House

Researcher, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

house2@wisc.edu

Kim Spencer

Assistant Director of Data Team, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

kcspencer2@wisc.edu

Christine Sorkness

Senior Associate Executive Director

sorkness@wisc.edu

Jenna Rogers

Data Team Lead, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

jrogers22@wisc.edu

Juan Pablo Ruiz

Postdoctoral Researcher, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

ruiz9@wisc.edu

Emily Utzerath

Associate Director, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

emily.utzerath@wisc.edu

Lisette Serrano

Program Manager, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

lvserrano@wisc.edu

Matthew Holtz

Administrative Assistant, NRMN | Mentorship Initiatives, ICTR

mjholtz@wisc.edu