Mentoring postdocs and young faculty

Faculty Mentoring - Office of Faculty and Organizational Development at Michigan State University.

FemaleScienceProfessor talks about their practice on Postdoc Mentoring.

A post in the JuniorProf blog Your postdoc mentor should be an effective advocate for your career development…

The National Postdoctoral Association on Developing a Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan.

The Office of Intramural Training and Education at the NIH gives really good training opportunities for postdocs. Others could learn to mentor from them…

Virginia Gewin in Nature: Learning to mentor.

Betty Neal Crutcher writes Mentoring Across Cultures on Academe Online.

Richard Hain talks about Mentoring students and postdocs from the Department of Mathematics at Duke University.

In a broad sense, the mentoring of postdocs is to prepare them to be more effective faculty members, if they are headed to academia, or to guide them towards the kind of interdisciplinary research experiences valuable for those who intend to work in industry or government labs.

National Academy of Sciences Report, "Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies," 2000. (available to read free online).

The HHMI lab management handbook Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Managements for Postdocs and New Faculty is available on-line.

I recommend the book Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists by Carl M. Cohen and Suzanne L. Cohen.

The Office of Research Integrity at the US Department of Health and Human Services presents a guide for Mentoring International PostDocs made by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in which some cases are presented in video. The guide is available in pdf here.

I wish I had found this earlier: International Postdoc Survival Guide, from the National Postdoc Association.

And some resources from The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School on Mentoring:

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has created a Compact between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors, which is "intended to initiate discussions ...about the postdoctoral appointee-mentor relationship and the commitments necessary for a high quality postdoctoral training experience."  The AAMC suggests various ways it can be used in order to create mutual expectations for training between postdocs and their mentors.

An annual review and an Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows developed by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) provides a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives.

UW-Madison offers informal and formal activities for postdocs to improve their teaching and mentoring skills through the Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning and the Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium.

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