Faculty mentors play a crucial role in the success of graduate students, which means faculty mentors play a crucial role in the success of graduate programs. Research consistently shows the connection between mentoring and a graduate student’s scholarly wellbeing—from productivity and confidence to program satisfaction. By better equipping faculty mentors, we will improve the quality of both our programs and the experience of our students.
Beginning in Fall 2019, the Graduate School expanded our professional development workshops (GPS) to include Graduate Faculty Development. We offer two workshops each semester across the lunch hour. We invite Graduate Program Directors and faculty to share lunch with us and learn together how to improve graduate student mentoring at Baylor. Spring workshops will specifically target new graduate faculty as well as graduate program directors.
Difficult Conversations: How to Have Hard Conversations with Graduate Students
February 6th, 12:30 PM
Fentress Room, Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB)
Working with graduate students often means having difficult conversations with graduate students. This workshop will provide skills to help graduate faculty navigate conversations from personal crises to adviser conflict to academic progress. It will provide guidelines on how to handle these conversations well, and will include advice from experienced graduate faculty. Barry Hankins, Chair of the History Department and former Graduate Program Director in History, will be leading along with Beth Allison Barr, Associate Dean in the Graduate School. We are thankful for the assistance of the Baylor Counseling Center for our discussion.
How To Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for New Graduate Faculty
March 4th, 12:15 PM
What does it mean to be a good graduate mentor? Many faculty never experienced good mentoring themselves nor have received training in how to mentor well. This workshop will explore what mentoring means within the context of 21st century graduate education and help faculty develop clear strategies to become better mentors. It will also suggest a framework for creating mentoring guides for specific programs and for establishing better mentoring relationships within departments.