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Faculty/Staff Toolkit for Mentoring Graduate Students

Mentoring iconThis page provides faculty and staff with resources for mentoring graduate students.  In addition, we also provide information on programs available to graduate students with the hope that faculty and staff encourage students to attend the events.

Workshops for Faculty

We offer two types of workshops, those geared towards newly hired faculty members, and those geared towards all faculty on campus. Topics vary on a yearly basis. If you are interested in a topic that has not been covered, please contact us at

Practical Mentoring of Graduate Students (Annual Faculty Mentoring Workshop) 

Each January, the Graduate College organizes a mentoring workshop for faculty.  Here are links to descriptions and agendas of past workshops:

Workshops Specifically for Pre-Tenure Faculty

Mentoring Guides

The following guides provide information and resources on a number of topics related to the mentoring of graduate students. The first set of links provides a comprehensive introduction, whereas the next set of links provide information on specific issues related to mentoring as described by the headings.

Introductions and Comprehensive Guides

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Setting Expectations

Providing Feedback

Practical Scenarios

Writing Letters of Recommendation

Management Practices

Research & Ethics

Graduate Student Mental Health

Preparing Future Faculty Courses and Resources

Preparing Future Faculty (PPF) is a national program launched by the Council of Graduate Schools and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. With support from the Graduate College, some departments and schools at Illinois offer graduate courses that focus on teaching, research and professional practice in their respective disciplines. More information is available through the Campus Programs on Teaching and Learning.

Mentoring Programs for Graduate Students

Here are few of the resources for graduate students. Please share these and other resources posted on the Graduate College website with graduate students.

Business Alumni Mentoring Program

The College of Business Alumni Mentors Program brings students and alumni together for an exchange of information on education, professionalism, aspirations and ideas. It allows students to obtain valuable advice and insights from business alumni and allows alumni to aid students in becoming professionals in service to society and the College of Business. The program is open to all College of Business students and alumni.

SPI Mentoring @ Illinois

SPI Mentoring @ Illinois is a  mentoring network for traditionally underrepresented graduate students (sponsored by the Graduate College).


INTERLINK is an international student mentoring program, where international students have the opportunity to be paired with a University of Illinois student, faculty, or staff member who can provide support in adjusting to American culture (sponsored by the Counseling Center).