Mentoring and Advising

The role of graduate advisor and mentor is crucial - not only to our students, our disciplines, and the University, but to all who stand to benefit from the contributions made by those we advise and mentor. The resources listed below can help you improve your effectiveness as a mentor and an advisor.

The Graduate School provides training for faculty who seek to improve their mentoring within the research environment.  Faculty interested in participating in the next series should complete this brief application.


Mentoring Resources for Faculty and Mentees

The University of Wisconsin Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research offers a wide range of resources and tools for improving mentoring.

Faculty Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students

This faculty guide was created by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and discusses the importance of mentoring graduate students.  It also includes self-assessments and checklists that mentors can use.

Faculty/Staff Toolkit for Mentoring Graduate Students

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created this helpful toolkit that shows how to set expectations,provide constructive feedback and more.

Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A quick start guide for protégés

This guide by Laura Gail Lunsford and Vicki L. Baker provides a practical, student-oriented perspective informed by the authors’ experience and research on mentoring. The guide covers topics such as identifying a mentor, engaging with mentors to develop a professional identity, cultivating networks, and serving as a mentor to others.

How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty

In addition to providing general suggestions for good mentoring practice, this handbook from Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan explores some of the special challenges and rewards of advising an increasingly diverse graduate student population.

Mentoring and Advising

From the Ph.D. Completion Project of the Council of Graduate Schools, this source explores the distinctions between mentoring and advising and identifyies specific practices for mentoring graduate students.

Mentoring: A Guide for Faculty

For both an understanding of the mentoring role and step-by-step strategies, this guide from the University of Washington Graduate School addresses mentoring for international students and students with disabilities, and the role that age and experience, race and ethnicity, and disadvantaged socioeconomic background plays in determining student success.

The Mentoring of Graduate Students

Download this document from North Carolina State University for an outline of the issues that face both mentors and mentees, with emphasis on the ethical implications of the mentor-mentee relationship.

Mentoring Guidebook for Faculty

Case Western’s MD mentoring book has excellent resources and advice for any faculty mentor including resources for mentoring graduate students of diverse populations.  Checklists and worksheets are included to help faculty facilitate mentoring relationships.


Best Practices

Diversity Awareness in Mentoring 

Mentoring Roles and Relationships

Ethics and Authorship