An interdepartmental mentoring program, created and overseen by the Office of Faculty Relations, to provide pre-tenure faculty with senior faculty mentors from other units. Designed to give mentees a different perspective and a sense of safety that may not be possible when a person’s mentor is someone who will be assessing their performance, this pilot mentoring program will begin in August 2020. Any tenure-track faculty member prior to the year they go up for tenure could apply to be a mentee. Any tenured associate or full professor may apply to be a mentor. Should the demand for the program be above the pilot projection size of 25 pairs, historically unrepresented faculty will be given priority. Faculty members not assigned in the first year would be encouraged to reapply the next year and would be given priority in the following year.

Mentoring pairs are expected to meet at least once monthly from September 2020 till August 2021. An orientation, which will include an introduction to the partner and a session to help both parties develop reasonable expectations, will occur in August 2020 [date to be announced later].

Mentoring pair assignments will be based on information supplied in the applications, as well as the help of the Mentoring Faculty Advisory Committee (a group composed of representatives of each college).

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Mentee Application
Mentor Application

Application Deadline: July 3, 2020

If you have questions, contact: Robin Bernstein, Faculty Director, Office of Faculty Relations (

Other Upcoming Events and Offerings

Research has shown that graduate students struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression at higher rates than the general population. While some stress and uncertainty is unavoidable in graduate training, graduate student mentors can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of members of their mentoring circles. By fostering an environment that supports wellbeing, mentors can positively impact mentees’ sense of autonomy, competence, personal growth, and belonging. Developing the skills to have open conversations about the often stigmatized topics of mental health, wellbeing, and psychiatric disorders is key to this process.

This 2-hour workshop open to all mentors with graduate student trainees focuses on how mentors can foster work environments that support wellbeing in their trainees. This workshop provides mentors an opportunity to develop further their awareness about how mentoring behaviors impact wellbeing in mentees and learn how to facilitate conversations with graduate mentees about their wellbeing and mental health.

The idea of work-life balance can be misleading; we rarely spend equal amounts of time in our work and life outside of work. Research has shown that a majority of scholars experience conflicting ‘work’ and ‘life’ demands at least twice a week, if not daily. The challenge of harmonizing these conflicting demands can create and exacerbate stress, negatively impacting wellbeing and productivity.

In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to achieve a satisfactory balance, including the cultivation of a robust support system, knowing when to say ‘yes’, establishing boundaries and priorities, and asking for what you need. This workshop will connect scholars, their experience, and expertise in the short- and long-term, with the establishment of an online support community focused around issues of work-life satisfaction.

  • Facilitated by Robin Bernstein, Faculty Director for Faculty Relations, Office of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Workshop materials developed by the American Association of Biological Anthropologists’ Committee on Diversity, Women’s Initiative and the Association for Women in Science
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  • For more information, please contact Robin Bernstein, Faculty Director for Faculty Relations