Mentoring Committee Highlights

Hello from the NORDP Mentoring Committee! Our mission is to equip research development professionals for success by offering meaningful mentoring expertise, support, and resources.

Here are a few committee highlights as we move into the fall semester:

This summer, we collaborated with the Professional Development Committee to present a series of mentoring webinars, all of which are now available in our Mentoring Toolkit on the NORDP website (log in to the members-only section, then visit the Mentoring Committee page).

Besides access to the mentoring webinar series, the Mentoring Toolkit allows NORDP members to explore tools for self-assessment, goal-setting, and strategic planning; and further reading on mentorship. Whether you are cultivating a mentoring relationship or interested in developing mentoring guidance for faculty, we have resources available.

The Mentoring Committee is also working with the Inclusive Excellence Committee to serve the mentoring needs of a growing and diverse organization.

This year, we are continuing to 1) network with other organizations who provide mentoring support and 2) build mentoring resources and training for NORDP members. Stay tuned for more updates.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the committee, or are interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you! Are there any mentoring topics you would like to hear more about or any resources that you would find helpful? Feel free to leave a comment or email us at mentorprogram@nordp.org

Webinar Series for Mentors and Mentees

The Mentoring Committee is part way through a series of webinars to support mentors/mentees/peer mentors. The series focuses on tools provided within the OnBoarding Packet. The remaining webinars will help provide direction for your mentoring relationship, as well generally support your professional development. This includes assessing your skills to identify strengths and gaps, identifying individuals in your network that can provide mentorship, expertise, support or helping hands (my MESHH Network), and developing an individual professional development plan.
These webinars are open to the entire NORDP community, regardless of current participation in the NORDP Mentoring Program. Join us for one or all, and committee members will share tips as to how to use the tool, strategies for success, and other best practices.

We invite you to join us for the final three webinars in this series:

June 27, 1:00 pm EST
NORDP Webinar: Mentoring Program—Self Assessment Worksheet
Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l2GQLqN5Tlu5Gt-JxLLV-w

July 11, 1:00 pm EST
NORDP Webinar:  Mentoring Program—My MESHH Networks
Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5wSBXtwXSpW6uQ-H7qKTeg

July 18, 1:00 pm EST
NORDP Webinar:  Mentoring Program—Individual Professional Development Plan
Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EzDFBNnYRoqsWlmnIWQyLA

WEBINAR DESCRIPTIONS

Self-Assessment Worksheet: Capitalizing on Strengths and Targeting Areas of Growth for Professional Development (June 27)
Where do you want to be professionally in one year? In five years? What skills do you need to achieve your career goals? Self-awareness is an important part of professional development. The OnBoarding Packet contains a Self-Assessment Worksheet. The tool has several categories of skills that are relevant for research development, as well as open sections so that it can be tailored to each individual. The skills assessment can foster continual professional improvement for both mentees and mentors. By completing the skills assessment you can identify and target areas of growth needed to achieve your career goals. You can develop a plan to improve those skills with the help of your mentoring (MESHH) network. Over time, you can evaluate your growth by reassessing your skills, which can lead to new target areas for your professional development.

Presenter:
Kathy Partlow, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

My MESHH Network: Developing Your Own Personalized Mentoring Network to Achieve Your Goals (July 11)
Now that you have had the opportunity to assess your skills, abilities, strengths, and challenges with your mentor/mentee/peer mentor, what are some good ways to organize and manage your personal and professional development? This webinar will help you weave your network of support.  A MESHH network consists of those people who provide Mentorship, Expertise, Support, and Helping Hands. The My MESHH Network tool builds on the Initial Conversation Guide and the Self-Assessment Worksheet to help you identify and connect with key individuals who can support your success. This webinar will provide an overview of the tool and explore how to form a customized mosaic of support.

Presenter:
Christina Papke, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

The NORDP Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP): Your Personalized Map for Success (July 18)
The primary goal of a mentoring relationship is to ensure the mentee is well-positioned for targeted success and meaningful outcomes. Critical components of an effective mentoring experience are knowing the mentee’s needs, understanding how your mentor (and others identified through your MESHH network) can help address or meet your needs, and ultimately mapping out a course for your personal and professional development. Pulling from effective professional development plan models and based on the SMART goals concept, the NORDP IPDP serves as a tangible tool and thoughtful guidepost toward success and enrichment. The IPDP serves as a template for the mentor/mentee pair to work from to set their relationship up for success, both during and beyond the NORDP mentoring experience. This webinar session will briefly explain the importance of creating a professional development plan, walk participants through elements of the NORDP IPDP tool, offer examples of specific content in response to each section, and provide some additional resources to help develop the plan.

Presenters:
Etta Ward, M.A., NORDP Board, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Hilda McMackin, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

NORDP Member Etta Ward Awarded a Fulbright Scholars Grant

 

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Congratulations to Mentoring Committee member Etta Ward, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Development at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholars grant for the International Education Administrators Seminars in France, for two weeks in the fall of 2018. Her work as a Fulbright Scholar will center on effective mentorship as a strategy for professional and research development, especially for women and minorities in the academy. She listed NORDP one of three organizations to potentially benefit from this tremendous opportunity. Etta’s participation in the program will provide insights on international and cultural aspects of mentoring from multiple perspectives. Specifically, she anticipates that it will offer a more global understanding of competencies that effectively address the needs and challenges facing different populations participating in formal mentoring programs and initiatives.

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Peer Mentors Etta Ward (right) and Jan Abramson meeting in person at National Research Mentoring Network Facilitator Training

Etta has been an integral partner in the development of the Mentoring Committee as a platform to equip research development professionals for success by offering meaningful mentoring expertise, support and resources. She leads by example in a working group that develops and provides tools for Mentoring Program participants to facilitate successful NORDP mentoring experiences. Etta’s expertise and commitment to the importance of mentoring has inspired us to provide an ever-expanding curated set of resources for NORDP members. She will work closely with the Mentoring Committee to explore best practices and innovative strategies to integrate elements of international cultural awareness in various aspects of it work.

The Mentoring Committee is always looking for NORDP members who would like to participate in the work we are doing. As a committee, we mentor each other, grow together and celebrate successes: today, we celebrate Etta’s Fulbright.

If you are interested, email us at mentorprogram@nordp.org, or visit with us at the Annual Conference.

More information on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars can be found here.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: David Widmer

Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both? Both

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
When I joined NORDP, I found a community dedicated to sharing best practices with a newbie, so I signed up for the first class of mentors and mentees.  My mentor helped me acclimate to this brave new world of Research Development and guided me through the projects my new role held for me.  We actually continued beyond the official 12-month span of the program.  Then, I became a mentor hoping to provide similar grounding to new NORDP members.  Now, years later, I signed up as a mentee again.  My current mentor challenges me in very different ways to reach the next level in my career as an RD professional.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
As a former teacher, it actually didn’t surprise me to find that I learned from my mentees.  However, when I returned as a mentee years later, I was surprised at how my learning style had morphed since the first time.  That means I can approach the relationship with my current mentor in ways that were not part of my thinking as a new RD professional.  I am experiencing this match in a new light where my current mentor can be a combined guide, coach, and peer.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
My NORDP mentors – past and present – have given me opportunities to talk through conundrums, strategies, or projects.  Their fresh insights, from the outside looking in, have provided me with new avenues of thought and/or confirmed that I was on the right avenue already.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
The Mentoring Program matching application pinpoints just the right information so that the mentor/mentee pairs share skills and interests that are complimentary but not identical.  These very differences between me and my mentors and mentees gave me an expanded view of the RD community that wouldn’t have been visible from my desk.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
I encourage new members to apply for a mentor, but more importantly, I challenge all past mentees to pay it forward and sign up to mentor another NORDP-ite.  You will find it very rewarding.  The NORDP resources available to mentors and mentees are extensive, and you’ll have a whole community behind you to provide you with support.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Mary K. Green

Institution: Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both? Mentee

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee? I became a mentee because I had a mentor in my job and it had been a great experience.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee? How helpful my mentor could be about very specific issues. My mentor provided a sounding board as well as opinions, suggestions and advice.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work? I credit my mentor’s help with success in landing my current job and she has helped me figure out how to navigate my new office.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development? It has been helpful to get my mentor’s perspective of my experience and skills in comparison to other RD professionals she has known in several institutions. There was no position like mine at my former institution.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program? Thank you!

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Vanity Campbell
Institution: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both?  Both

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
Upon being introduced to the field of research development, a dear colleague recommended two things, first join NORDP and second, join the organization’s Mentoring Program. After three years of being a not so active member, I realized, not only was I not fully benefiting from the power of NORDP’s robust network but also not adequately serving an organization that I had so greatly benefited from professionally through conference engagements, sharing of resources and best practices. I was determined that I wanted and needed to become a more active member. That initial mentoring program suggestion now deeply resonated with me, and I sought the opportunity to serve as both a mentor and mentee.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
Over my professional career, I have taken on a mentorship role with staff and academics alike. However, what was most surprising as both a NORDP mentor and mentee was how easy, natural, and fun it has been.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
A goal that I set this year with my mentor was to seek out and initiate a professional mentoring relationship within my home institution. I now meet regularly with my new non-research development mentor, gaining valuable institutional perspectives that impact my ‘day-to-day’ research development work.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
As both a mentee and mentor, I have found that it is more than possible to carve out space and time to grow professionally. In doing so, I have found ways where I can be a more active and effective contributor to the overall RD field, ways that I know will have a direct feedback on furthering my understanding of our growing field of research development as well.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
There is no better way to get to know NORDP than to engage with its members.  The Mentoring Program has been an amazing opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with another member, growing, learning, sharing, all while having fun together.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Linda Vigdor
Institution: Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both? Mentee

1)       What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
When I started in my new position, at an institution in start-up mode, I realized I was in an environment where no one understood what my role was, how it fit into a larger grants picture, or even the value of my services. I sought a NORDP mentor to help me navigate this murky terrain. An additional motivation was that I wanted help in figuring out how to define and be effective in my role, within the grants office and the institution.

2)       What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
Having never really had a mentor in previous careers, I was pleasantly surprised by how being able to discuss real issues with someone with actual “skin-in-the-game” was so much more beneficial than mulling over issues with a friend. I think I was also surprised by how useful it is to be able to talk over issues with someone working in a similar environment with relatively similar challenges.

3)       How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
My mentor helped me identify and implement productive strategies for working through some difficult challenges as well as to strategize for new programming that I wanted to implement. She also helped me see the big-picture and put things into perspective – for example, in helping me learn to step back and to take a longer, more de-personalized view in trying to implement a cultural change.

4)       What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
NORDP’s mentoring program helped me see research development as more nuanced than I had thought, in that it encompasses not just activities but also organizational culture. My mentor helped see that there are strategies for navigating challenges and effecting change.

5)       Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
The NORDP mentoring program is a valuable resource, especially when there is a good fit between mentor and mentee.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.