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Mentoring Academy

Mentoring Academy

Curriculum of the Mentoring Academy

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Our Goal

Our goal is to provide opportunities to develop superior mentoring skills in research, clinical, teaching, and/or leadership activities.

Curriculum Overview

The Mentoring Academy serves as an integration unit linking the mentoring community and Faculty Development Office. The curriculum is offered as required modules and will be offered on a regular basis and specialty workshops offered on an as-requested basis.

Required Modules

arrowCore module menu (1-hr each):

  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Aligning expectations, developing contracts, assessing understanding
  • Understanding faculty series and titles; promotion portfolios
  • Promoting professional development, fostering independence
  • Addressing diversity

arrowModule content:

  • specific subcomponents emphasize research mentoring, clinical mentoring, education/teaching mentoring, and leadership mentoring
  • each module is a mix of didactic and experiential/case-based exchanges

arrowTrack 1: Entry track (general membership in Mentoring Academy):

  • must complete two 1-hr modules
  • mentors are strongly encouraged to return for participation in additional modules

arrowTrack 2: Department and center mentoring directors and mentoring-grant faculty track:

  • must complete all five 1-hr modules
  • advanced, intense curriculum participation is designed to build core competencies for working in general mentor-mentee relationships
  • mentors have the opportunity to share best practices in mentoring during the sessions

Specialty Workshops

Workshops address broad issues relevant to the UC Davis schools of health faculty and for faculty advancement that may extend beyond material covered in Mentoring Academy modules.


  • designed collaboratively between the Mentoring Academy and Faculty Development Office
  • or offered by departments

arrowWorkshop examples:

  • cultural competencies and GLBT
  • generational differences
  • leadership training
  • how to give effective feedback
  • establishing cross-department alliances