Mentoring Excellence Training Academy (part 1 of 3)


Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am


COVID-19 Update: The Fall 2020 Mentoring Excellence Training Academy will shift to an online/virtual format.

Registration for this event is now closed. 

November 5, 12, & 19
9:00 - 11:00 am

Led by Esam El-Fakahany, PhD, and Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, CTSI Co-Directors of Mentoring

Participate in the Fall 2020 Mentoring Excellence Training Academy (META). This is an excellent opportunity for professional development and improving your research mentoring skills. Spots are limited so register now to ensure your spot.


META is open to faculty investigators who hold appointments in any of the University's health sciences colleges/schools (Dentistry, Medical School, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine) and College of Biological Sciences. Faculty in other colleges across the U of M can participate if they are engaged in clinical and translational research.

Because spots are limited to 40 faculty, please register only if you can commit to the full META program (details below).


The Academy has two components (completion of both, in sequence, is required):

1. By October 15, 2020: Completion of the self-guided online module Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring (~2 hours) and its evaluation survey. Instructions for accessing the module and documenting your participation will be provided after the registration deadline of August 31.

2. Participation in three facilitated small group online training sessions on November 5 (9:00-11:00am), November 12 (9:00-11:00am), and November 19 (9:00-11:00am) that are derived from evidence-based curricula focused on these mentoring core competencies:

  • aligning expectations
  • maintaining effective communication
  • addressing equity and inclusion
  • fostering independence
  • promoting professional development
More information

This program is focused primarily on mentoring that occurs in a research context; however, many of the methods and principles can be applied to other mentoring scenarios in academia. By participating in the Academy, you will further develop your ability to contribute to the career advancement of your mentees, learn effective strategies for developing positive relationships with them, and engage in thoughtful reflection and discussion of your mentoring practices with other faculty colleagues.

This professional development program is supported by the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).


If you have event-related questions, please contact Nicole Bowman in the CTSI Education office: