Faculty Mentoring

Faculty Mentoring

At UMass Amherst, we strive to help our faculty become more effective mentors of their graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate researchers as an important part of building our campus community. We are proud to offer mentor training and additional resources to help you hone your skills in this important area of professional development.

CIMER Mentor Training

The Graduate School offers well-regarded, evidence-based mentor training developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). The curriculum focuses on a series of items for discussion—interesting case studies, sample compacts between you and your students, tools for active listening, etc. Topics include aligning expectations with your mentee, fostering effective communication, and promoting equity and inclusion. In small groups, you will engage in a lively discussion with other faculty with the assistance of a trained facilitator. You'll leave with lots of good ideas and a more nuanced understanding of the mentoring relationship. The full curriculum takes 8 hours, and can be spread over multiple days.

You can participate in several different ways:

  • Attend an already scheduled session. Watch for advertisements or email Associate Dean Beth Jakob to find out about upcoming sessions.
  • If you would like to schedule training for a group of faculty, and can identify plausible dates, we can connect you with trained facilitators. Experience suggests that having faculty from more than one department leads to richer discussion, and that three three-hour sessions work very well.
  • Shorter introductory sessions designed for your group can be scheduled upon request.

Faculty Mentoring Handbooks

Download "A Guide for Mentoring Graduate Students at UMass Amherst," a document of best practices and helpful links for faculty mentors.

Because of the proven importance of mentoring to graduate student success, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommend that all faculty who mentor graduate students undergo evidence-based mentor training.