Effective Mentoring

Effective mentoring is critically important. It contributes both to a more meaningful postdoctoral training experience and to the career development of faculty. Additionally, studies have demonstrated that effective mentoring relationships lead to higher productivity and satisfaction among postdoctoral scholarsThis is the conclusion of the most comprehensive survey of U.S. postdocs (7,600 respondents) conducted by Sigma Xi in 2005;

Postdocs reporting the greatest amount of structured oversight and formal training are much more likely to say they are satisfied, to give their advisors high ratings, to experience relatively few conflicts with their advisors and to be more productive in terms of numbers of publications compared with those with the least oversight and training. (As reported in the American Scientist, May-June 2005)

A healthy, working mentoring relationship between postdoctoral trainees and their faculty advisor requires:

      • Setting goals
      • Communicating expectations
      • Meeting regularly.

Please encourage your postdocs to use the templates provided here to facilitate your conversations and ensure a healthy mentoring relationship.

Further resources on the mentoring and mentorship:

Additional web resources on mentoring from around the country (with thanks to Joey Nelson for these references):

Other resources:

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