Mentoring Academy

    About the Mentoring Academy

    The Mentoring Academy, established at UofL during the summer of 2019, is a seven-week-long series of sessions designed to provide a foundation of best practice guidelines for mentoring, an opportunity to learn from faculty mentors and peers, and an environment to solve challenges with mentees. Graduate students will be empowered with the confidence and tools to become effective mentors for undergraduate and high school students, preparing them to mentor others in the future. Skills gained from the program are expected to enhance professional development in teaching and leadership.  Each cohort of students participates in interactive workshops along with faculty mentors selected for their experience in mentoring.

     The Mentoring Academy is a 7-week program in that runs from May – July to run concurrently with summer undergraduate research programs.  The Academy is designed for graduate students to gain skills in: (1) maintaining effective communication; (2) aligning expectations and addressing equity and inclusion; (3) conflict resolution; (4) assessing understanding; (5) fostering independence; (6) promoting professional development, research and mentoring ethics; and (7) developing a mentoring philosophy.  The format for each session is small group discussion lead by faculty and faculty-student team facilitators.

    Graduate students who have completed one year of their program and are in good standing at the University of Louisville are eligible for the program. 


    Why Should You Participate in the Mentoring Academy?

    • Gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience with mentoring. 
    • Gain practical strategies, tools, resources to help you immediately.
    • Interact with faculty mentors and graduate students from across the university to network and gain a broad perspective of mentoring in higher education. 
    • Cohort members who complete the program will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation and a milestone item for their transcripts.
    • Bolster your CV or resume to prepare for your job search.

    Summer 2021 Mentoring Academy Schedule

    All sessions will be on the Wednesdays listed below, from 2:30-4:30pm, held virtually. Links to sessions will be provided to the accepted cohort members. 

    Summer 2021 Mentoring Academy Application Process

    Applying for the Mentoring Academy

    In addition to completing the application form, students are required to have a faculty mentor, graduate program director, or chair send an e-mail to the Acting Dean of the Graduate School, , as well as Associate Director, , indicating approval of the student’s participation in the academy.

    Participation in the Mentoring Academy will be limited and competitive, with priority given to a disciplinary diversity of participants. Graduate students who are accepted into the Mentoring Academy and complete the requisite number of sessions will receive a certificate of completion, a transcript milestone line, and be recognized at the Annual Graduate Student Dean's Reception. 

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact  Dr. Michelle Rodems or 502-852-3110.



    Can’t Participate?

    We know that sometimes your schedule or other obligations prevent you from participating in the Mentoring Academy. That doesn’t mean you can’t gain knowledge, skills, and experience with mentoring. Other opportunities include:

    • Visit the MentorCenter to access a wealth of resources
    • Review our resources related to mentoring on the PLAN website.