This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Managing Conflict Effectively in Advising Relationships (Spring 2016)
- Mentoring Students Using Individual Development Plans (Fall 2015)
- Student-Centered Mentoring (2015)
- Mentoring with a Difference: Guiding Graduate Students toward their own Goals (2014)
- Identifying Your Personal Mentoring Style and Adapting to Students’ Needs (2013)
- The Deliberate Mentor: Performing the Role(s) with Thought and Purpose (2012)
- Constructive Feedback as a Tool in Mentoring (2011)
- Challenging Assumptions: Building a Supportive and Inclusive Environment (2010)
- Mentoring Inside/Out (2009)
- Advising Strategies, Role Modeling, and Making a Positive Impact on Graduate Student Progress (2008)
- Preventing Conflict & Setting Expectations: How to Get Your Message Across (2007)
- Setting Expectations, Resolving Conflicts, & Identifying Your Own Advising Style (2006)
Workshops Specifically for Pre-Tenure Faculty
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
- University of Illinois Guiding Standards for Faculty Supervision of Graduate Students
- The multiple roles of the faculty mentor
- Best Practices used in Graduate Programs at Illinois
- How to Mentor Graduate Students (University of Michigan)
- Mentoring Guidebook (University of Nebraska)
- CGS Occasional Paper series: Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A quick start guide for protégés (Council of Graduate Schools).*
- On the Right Track: A Manual for Research Mentors (Council of Graduate Schools)*
*As a benefit of institutional membership, online access to all CGS publications is provided to faculty and staff at member institutions. To create a new user account for publications access, complete this form.
Writing Letters of Recommendation
- Guide from Howard Hughes Medical Center
- Guide from the University of Michigan
- GSAS Guide for Teaching Fellows on Writing Letters of Recommendation
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management
- Mind Matters: Managing Conflict in the Lab
Research & Ethics
- Academic Integrity
- Research Integrity and Ethics (OVCR)
- National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, located at the Urbana-Champaign campus
Graduate Student Mental Health
- University of Illinois Counseling Center Self-Help Brochures
- Mental Health Assessment (accessible through Project Muse)
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.
Here are few of the resources for graduate students. Please share these and other resources posted on the Graduate College website with graduate students.
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 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).