Sheridan Certificate V

Principles and Practice in Reflective Mentorship

Program Description

The Sheridan Center’s Certificate V program promotes professional training in mentorship practices to prepare graduate students to become effective future faculty mentors at colleges and universities around the world. Graduate student mentors will receive training in positive mentorship principles and practices during the 2014-2015 academic year. Through monthly faculty-led discussions, graduate students will cultivate a broader understanding of the academy, contextualize the role of training, advising and mentorship within it, and explore how they can continue to develop their networks (both as a mentor and a mentee) throughout their careers. Additionally, they will gain practical experience as mentors in an academic setting.

Mentorship and advising play a key role in engaging, recruiting, retaining, and training students in all academic fields. There is a notable gap, however, in training future academics in the practices of mentorship and the principles that underlie positive, effective mentoring. Certificate V aims to narrow this gap by providing a forum for future faculty mentors to engage with one another in cross-disciplinary discussions about mentorship and to gain practical experience with those skills in an academic setting.

All Certificate V participants will engage in collaborative community discussions aimed at enhancing their mentorship skills during the 2014-2015 academic year and will participate in monthly seminars led by Brown faculty mentors. Participants must apply for one of two tracks that will combine the principle-based/reflective component of the program with a practice-based/experiential component. The two tracks, the Research Mentorship Track and Academic Advising Track, offer unique opportunities for hands-on engagement with undergraduate mentees/advisees over the course of the year.

Learning Objectives
Upon completing the Certificate V program, participants will:

  • have gained preparation for professional mentorship roles through ongoing training in and reflection on effective mentoring behaviors;
  • enhance undergraduate research, advising and scholarly development opportunities through extensive, productive guidance of mentees;
  • gain practical experience as mentors and/or advisors in an academic setting.

Program Components
(A)   Research Mentorship Track: The Sheridan Center Reflective Mentorship Training Grant provides funding (up to $2,000) to teams or pairs of graduate + undergraduate students interested in pursuing scholarly development or in examining research questions in a way that gives the graduate student(s) opportunities to practice critical mentorship skills and promotes intellectual development for the undergraduate student(s). Groups may be composed of up to 2 graduate students and up to 4 undergraduate students.

(B)   Academic Advising Track: The Undergraduate Advising Training Practicum provides graduate students with training in undergraduate academic advising and an opportunity to work with 4-6 undergraduate students over two years (the students’ freshman and sophomore years).

Undergraduate mentees that are part of teams in the Research Mentorship Track will be required to attend the Program Orientation listed above.  They will also be expected to attend 2 meetings during the year (in November 2014 and in March 2015), and the Final Mentorship Luncheon.

All participants will be required to provide a progress report halfway through the program, and a final report at the conclusion of the program.  The goal of these reports is to provide self-assessments and reflections about the mentorship process for all participants.  Finally, participants will also be asked to complete a pre/post survey about their mentorship experiences/skills.

Certificate I is strongly encouraged but not required.

The 2014-15 participants:

Graduate Student Mentors: Andrew Zullo, Qijuan (Emily)Li
Department: Health Service, Policy, and Practice 

Graduate Student Mentor: Brian Jones
Department: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Graduate Student Mentors:  Ryan Maloney, Dan Berg
Department:  Neuroscience

Graduate Student Mentor:  Patrick Heck
Department:  Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Graduate Student:  Joanna Korman
Department: Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Graduate Student:  Andrea Wright
Department:  Anthropology

Graduate Student:  Alexandria Volkening
Department:  Applied Mathematics 

Read about their projects and mentorship plans here.

Previous Awardees
2013-14 Mentorship Awardees 

For resources on mentorship and advising, see:

Questions regarding potential applications (including whether particular proposal ideas would qualify for consideration) are welcomed. Please email (Executive Director, Sheridan Center).