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Keith E. Muller [email protected] Professor Health Outcomes & Policy http://ehpr.ufl.edu/muller/ Current support includes NIDCR, NCRR, NHLBI, NIAAA; developed for NCI K-award session. Achieving Great Mentoring: Suggestions for Seekers. Outline. 1. Finding good mentoring.

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Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

Keith E. Muller

[email protected]

ProfessorHealth Outcomes & Policy

http://ehpr.ufl.edu/muller/

Current support includes NIDCR, NCRR, NHLBI, NIAAA;developed for NCI K-award session

Achieving Great Mentoring:Suggestions for Seekers


Outline

Outline

1. Finding good mentoring.

  • Why?

  • Who?

  • What?

  • When?

  • Where?

  • How?2. Using good mentoring.

  • Plan top down.

  • Work multiscale.

  • Make it count twice by aligning.


1 finding good mentoring why

1. Finding Good Mentoring: Why?

  • Apparently equal choices may have very different long term effects.

  • Example. Should I write a tutorial paper in a content journal? Which journal, relative to specialties?Editor contacted and enthusiastic?I thought “no”, but mentor said “yes”.500 reprints in first year, 1984. Still being cited.


Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

Who?

A person of the stature you seek.Evaluate with K award criteria.Adhere to the local rules?

Examples of people that make a difference.Department Head. Yours or someone else’s.Full (named) Professor, international reputation,zillions of publications, substantial NIH support.

Man or woman mentor? L. T. Eby (UGA Prof 04/11/2004 Athens Banner Herald) cited toughness over too nice. http://www.uga.edu/psychology/faculty/leby.html

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Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

What?

Time to discuss choices andreview plans, outlines, abstracts.

Informal discussion of academic life,service and citizenship, traps to avoid,balancing family and career.

Honest, unvarnished evaluations.

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Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

What?

The expectation that you can be better than you think.

Why do fewer women than men aspire to higher positions?

Acceptance of cultural stereotypes andconsequent lack of self-confidence.

The World of Children and Psychology of Women: A Lifespan Perspective, C. Etaugh and J. S. Bridges (2004, 2nd ed)

Giving Away Success: Why Women Get Stuck and What to Do About It, S. Schenkel (2nd ed. 1990)

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Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

When?

Formal quarterly or once per semester.

Informal discussion when in angst,approach-avoidance, or discouraged.

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Where

Where?

Their place, their convenience.

Privately, could be over coffee or lunch.

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Achieving great mentoring suggestions for seekers

How?

Just ask.

The worst they can say is “No, go away.”

If you do not ask, they will never say yes.

Any “no” will be for fairness to others. Typically comes with excellent alternative.

Many people think you show a lot of promise.

Formalize it!Create your own: K award or Florida system.

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2 using advice plan top down

2. Using Advice: Plan Top Down

Start with goal, and work backwards.

Process also known as top down structured planning.

Outline big steps first (end to beginning).

Fill in intermediate steps.

Iteratively refine.

Common in business planning,computer support planning.

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Work multiscale

Work Multiscale

Think about big picture as a task.

Think about little picture within a task.

Change evaluations to meet the scale.

Choose what to do well enough,what to skip,what to do superbly.

Interact with mentor on this topic repeatedly.

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Make it count twice by aligning

Make it Count Twice by Aligning

Does this task meet a research goal?

Does this task meet a service goal?

Does this task meet a teaching goal?

Does this task meet a clinical goal?

Every activity should count at least twice, or someone else seems better suited, orthe task needs changed.

Align research, service, teaching, clinic.

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Review

Review

1. Finding good mentoring.

Why?

Who?

What?

When?

Where?

How?

2. Using good mentoring.

Plan top down.

Work multiscale.

Make it count twice by aligning.

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Good choices make good futures

Good Choices Make Good Futures


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