2013-14 Yearlong Theme: Mentoring

Each year, the Sheridan Center has a theme that informs our programming and creates links between our events and partners across campus.  Our theme for 2013-14 is Mentoring.   Join us this year to explore aspects of effective mentorship and menteeship. 


  • Conversations about Mentoring
    Speakers shared insights on the development of mentorship skills and the impact of mentoring throughout their careers.  These sessions were held in a "fireside chat" format to encourage interaction and conversation.

For graduate students and postdocs in the life & physical sciences:
Wednesday, October 9th, 12-1pm
Led by Medeva Ghee (Executive Director, Leadership Alliance) & Jabbar Bennett (Associate Dean, Graduate School & Division of Biology and Medicine)

For junior and senior faculty:
Monday, October 21st, 12-1pm
Led by Profs. Bjorn Sanstede (Chair, Applied Math) & Kevin McLaughlin (Dean of the Faculty; English)

For graduate students and postdocs in the humanities & social sciences:
Tuesday, October 22nd, 12-1pm
Led by Profs. Paja Faudree (Anthropology) & Thomas Lewis (Religious Studies)

  • Finding the Mentoring You Need
    These sessions explored how to develop mentoring networks. 

For junior faculty:
Tuesday, November  19th, 12-1pm
Led by Profs. Dan Smith (Anthropology) & Diane Lipscombe  (Neuroscience)

For graduate students:
Wednesday, November 20th, 12:30-1:30pm
Led by Postdoctoral Fellows David Blanding (Public Policy & American Institutions) & Jill Yersak (Neuroscience)

  • Mentoring & Advising Undergraduates
    Monday, February 10th, 12-1pm
    The mentoring and advising of undergraduates is central to our role as teachers and researchers.  At this brown-bag discussion led by Jan Tullis (Geological Sciences), participants shared experiences and concerns in supporting undergraduates as they navigate their academic courses, select concentrations, and find appropriate research experiences and transition to life after Brown.
  • Genders in the Classroom 
    Thursday, February 27th, 12-1pm
    Gail Cohee (Gender & Sexuality Studies, Director of Sarah Doyle Women's Center) led a discussion about how gender can affect your classroom dynamics and how this can influence your role as a teacher and a mentor to students.  She also addressed the changing roles and perspectives on gender among students today.

Principles and Practice in Reflective Mentorship Program

The Center is pleased to announce a new program for graduate students in mentorship skills development. This program will provide funding (up to $7,000, plus a $500 honorarium for the faculty advisor) to teams and pairs of graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing scholarly development or in examining research questions in a way that both gives the graduate students opportunities to practice critical mentorship skills and promotes undergraduate students' intellectual development. Furthermore, graduate student mentors will receive training in positive mentorship principles and practices during the 2013-2014 academic year.  

Resources on Mentoring

The Center's website features resources on this topic this year.

Previous Yearlong Themes

2012-13: Learning Communities

2011-12: Reflective Learning