The Mentees Rules

How to Get the Most from the Mentoring Experience (Workshop for Assistant and Early Associate Professors)

This didactic workshop will include exercises to help the mentee get the most out of their mentoring relationships. This includes:

  • How to identify a good mentor
  • Steps to a successful mentoring relationship
  • Differences between sponsors and mentors
  • How to resolve conflict within a mentoring relationship
  • Resources available through the Mentoring Academy

This is also a good opportunity to meet other mentees across the UC Davis Schools of Health.

This workshop is open to all faculty, however it is designed for assistant and early associate professors. Mentors please encourage your mentees to enroll.


Click on the session date to register:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11am - 1pm, Education Building, Room 3205

Module 1 - Aligning Expectations and Developing Contracts

One critical element of an effective mentor-mentee relationship is a shared understanding of what each person expects from the relationship. Problems between mentors and mentees often arise from misunderstandings  about expectations. Importantly, expectations change over time so frequent reflection and clear communication is needed to maintain a collaborative relationship.


Click on the session date to register:

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1 and 2)
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4pm - 6pm, Education Building, Room 3205

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10am - 11am, Education Building, Room 3229

Module 2 - Maintaining Effective Communication; Assessing Understanding

Maintaining Effective Communication
Good communication is a key element of any relationship and a mentoring relationship is no exception. As mentors, it is not enough to say that we know  good communication when we see it.  Rather, it is critical that mentors reflect upon and identify specific characteristics of effective communication and take  time to practice communication skills.

Assessing Understanding
Determining if someone understands the content and process of their discipline is not easy, yet this determination is critical to a productive mentoring relationship. Developing strategies to assess a mentee’s understanding, especially of core research, educational or clinical concepts, is an important part of becoming an effective mentor. Moreover, it is important for mentors to be able to identify the causes for a lack of understanding  and strategies for addressing such misunderstandings.


Click on the session date to register:

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1 and 2)
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4pm - 6pm, Education Building, Room 3205

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11am - 12pm, Education Building, Room 3229

Module 3 - Understanding Faculty Series and Titles; Promotion Portfolios

The objective of this course is to provide resources that will help mentors and mentees understand the academic merit and promotion processes and to train mentors to advise and assist mentees in preparation for promotion (across a variety of faculty/academic series).

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Module 4 - Addressing Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, along a range of dimensions, offers both opportunities and challenges to any relationship. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with diverse perspectives is critical to forming and maintaining both an effective mentoring relationship as well as a vibrant learning environment. In this session, mentors will think about how to foster an inclusive environment where everyone can do their best learning and create  the highest quality of research, both because of and in spite of their diverse perspectives.


Click on the session date to register:

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1pm - 2pm, Education Building, Room 3229

Module 5 - Promoting Professional Development, Fostering Independence

Promoting Professional Development
The ultimate goal of most mentoring situations is to enable the mentee to identify and achieve some academic and professional outcomes after the training period.  Non-research professional development activities are sometimes seen as secondary to the core business of doing research, but are often critically important to identifying and successfully meeting the mentee’s long-term career objectives, as well as to the research itself.

Fostering Independence
An important goal in any mentoring relationship is helping the mentee become independent; yet defining what an independent mentee knows and can do is often not articulated by the mentor or the mentee. Defining what independence looks like across career paths and stages, and developing skills to foster independence is important to becoming an effective mentor. Defining independence becomes increasingly complex in the context of collaborative research.


Click on the session date to register:

(Combined Workshops - Modules 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2pm - 3pm, Education Building, Room 3229

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