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Mentoring Academy

The Mentoring Academy is designed to develop both mentoring skills and grant writing skills of MCCTR funded investigators, young investigators, and faculty members who wish to serve as mentors for MCCTR investigators. The curriculum will span two semesters.  

In the fall semester, participants will receive training in topics ranging from effective communication, aligning expectations, assessment of understanding, promoting diversity and inclusion, fostering independence of trainees, and promoting professional development. Faculty with established mentoring and funding track records will serve as facilitators for each topic. Success will be determined by two outcomes. First, all participants will be able to articulate their approach to mentoring at the conclusion of the sessions. Second, all participants will complete a survey that will serve as an assessment tool to evaluate program efficacy for each class and compare data longitudinally.  

In the spring semester, participants will enroll in an established course at UMMC, Grant and Scientific Communication (MSCI790). Over the course of the semester, the participants will learn about grant writing strategies beginning with the development of hypotheses and specific aims, and continuing through the research plan. Success will be determined by each participant completing the course with a fully developed research proposal that can be submitted for extramural funding.  

Course dates

Fall SemesterFacultySession Topics*
Session 1 - Monday, November 27th, 2017Dr. Michael Ryan
  • Introduction and program expectations
  • Maintaining effective communications
Session 2 - Monday, December 11th, 2017Dr. John Hall
Dr. James Wilson
  • Aligning expectations
  • Assessing understanding
Session 3 - Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018Dr. Merry Lindsey
Dr. Daniel Jones
  • Addressing equity and inclusion
  • Fostering Independence
Session 4 - Monday, February 19, 2018Dr. Joey Granger
Dr. Michael Hall
  • Promoting professional development
  • Articulating mentoring philosophy

*Each session will last for 2-3 hours. Meeting dates are subject to change in order to ensure that all participants attend. 


The Mentoring Academy is accepting applications for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. Applications are due Sept. 13. To apply, submit the application face page, a curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page application letter of interest, and a letter of recommendation from your department chair or a senior faculty member to

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