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Mentoring Toolkit

What is thE Mentoring Toolkit?

The CTSI-CN Mentoring Toolkit contains resources including mentoring contracts, individualized academic career plans, journal articles, mentoring program curricula and training materials, and assessment tools.

How the Toolkit Can Help You:

  • Mentors can sharpen their skills for mentoring, particularly for trainees and junior faculty engaged in clinical or translational research, by participating in a self-paced, online tutorial. They can find examples and templates of mentoring contracts to assist them in formalizing a mentoring relationship with a mentee.
  • Mentees can prepare for engagement in a mentoring relationship through the creation of an independent academic career development plan, as well as find resources available to assist them in finding a potential mentor, such as Profiles and GW's PIVOT.
  • Leaders can learn best practices for establishing a formal mentoring program, including curricula that can be customized to their department or division’s needs

Mentoring Articles

Mentoring Books

  • Bland, C.J., Taylor, A.L., Shollen, S.L., Weber-Main, A.M., and Mulcahy, P.A. (2009). Faculty success through mentoring: A guide for mentors, mentees, and leaders. Lanham, MD: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Bonnetta, L. (Ed.). (2006). Training scientists to make the right moves. A practical guide to developing programs in scientific management. Research Triangle Park, NC & Chevy Chase, MD: Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This publication is also available online.
  • Bonnetta, L. (Ed.). (2006). Making the right moves. A practical guide to scientific management for postdocs and new faculty. (2nd ed.) Research Triangle Park, NC & Chevy Chase, MD: Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This publication is also available online.
  • Johnson, WB (2007). On being a mentor: A guide for higher education faculty. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Zachary, L.J. (2005). Creating a mentoring culture: The organization’s guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Mentor Development Program Curricula

  • The CTSA at the University of California, San Francisco has a well-established mentor development program that consists of a series of monthly workshops.  Information regarding the MDP, including seminar materials and case studies, can be found here.
  • An article published regarding the UCSF CTSA Mentor Development Program: Johnson-et-al-2010-An-innovative-program-to-train-researchers-to-be-mentors.pdf
  • CTSA_Research_Mentor_Training_Curriculum.pdf - this guide was developed as part of a national, multi-site randomized trial led by investigators at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Resources related to a national, multi-site study entitled, “Training Research Mentors of Clinical and Translational Research Scholars” can be found here.
  • University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Clinical Research Education
  • Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring - an online tutorial developed by the University of Minnesota's CTSA.  The course takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. Course participants proceed through the course at their own pace, and may return to complete or revisit the content at any time.  Click here to register.

Guiding Documents 

Individual Development Plans

Sample Mentoring Contracts