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Mentoring Workshop with Dr. Furhman, April 9, 2015

The Center for Professional Development presented a special session for graduate students and postdocs with Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Fuhrmann is the co-author of the online tool “myIDP” hosted by AAAS/Science. This session gave graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to interact with Dr. Fuhrmann and informally discuss questions they had regarding their own individual development plans.

Scientists today face tremendous challenges-from keeping research funded to competing in a saturated job market. To address this reality, NIH recently mandated that all PI's report on the use of Individual Development Plans (IDP) by students and postdocs. Dr. Fuhrmann, co-author of the online tool "myIDP" hosted by AAAS/Science, will describe the benefits and challenges of creating an IDP and tools to assist in this process. She will end by discussing ways to incorporate IDPs and career development into graduate or postdoctoral training while maximizing research productivity, using the NIH BEST-funded UMass Medical School curriculum as one model.

Sponsored by The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Mentoring Workshop with Kathy Kram, April 25, 2014

The Office for Faculty Development and Diversity invited Kathy Kram, PhD, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, to campus on April 25. A leading expert on mentoring and leadership development in both industry and academia, Dr. Kram is author of numerous scholarly books and articles and she is frequently interviewed for Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. 

Dr. Kram discussed academic career development during two workshops, focusing on her approach to mentoring for mid-career faculty. 

Presentation Material: PDF of slides and workshop handout

Mentoring Workshop October 9, 2013

Part I: Role of Mentoring in Launching an Academic Career - Mentoring Panel Members included Richard Libby, PhD, Supriya Mohile, PhD, and Eric Phizicky, PhD. Part II: Launching Research and Scholarly Careers featuring a UR Resources Panel. Presented by the CTSI and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.

Mentoring Workshop, January 22, 2013

On January 22, a panel discussion was held with the authors of a recent article in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education: "Love Letters: An Anthology of Constructive Relationship Advice Shared Between Junior Mentees and Their Mentors" (click here for article).  All authors are from the University of Rochester and discussed frustrations and good advice on improving the mentor-mentee relationship. 

January is National Mentoring Month

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity has put together a way for you to thank and honor your mentor.  

  • To view messages from previous years, click here.
  • To view the videos from the UR community in 2011, click here.

Watch University leaders (Dr. Vivian Lewis, Dr. Michael McKee, Dr. Jeffrey Alexis, and Dr. Paul Burgett) thank their mentors.

Multidimensional Mentoring Study

A new study titled Researcher Resilience through Multidimensional Mentoring- an upstate New York Initiative investigates the role of two different types of trainee and faculty mentoring education (workshops for mentors and peer mentor groups) in promoting resilience.  The Principal Investigator is Dr. Vivian Lewis, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.  For more information on the study, click here.

Spring 2012 Mentoring Conference

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, in collaboration with CTSI, hosts a workshop on Mentoring each spring.  The 2012 workshop "Mentoring: Tales from the Front" featured Denham Ward, chair emeritus of Department of Anesthesiology, and Deborah Fowell, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Both speakers received mentoring awards from URMC in 2011.

October 17, 2012 Mentors, Coaches and the Sociology of Science: A New Approach to the Development of Young Scientists presented by Richard Mc Gee, Jr., PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Mentoring Report

This office, with support from the Faculty Working Group on Mentoring, completed a Mentoring Report in the Fall of 2010.  This report, which has been accepted by the Deans, Provost, and President, concludes that mentoring is an important need throughout the University and provides general principles and recommendations for each school to increase mentoring here at Rochester.  To read this report, please click here.

Dr. Clifton Poody visits Rochester

Clifton Poodry, PhD, Director of the NIH Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, visited Rochester on October 12, 2011. To view the webcast, click here.