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Rackham’s Faculty Committee on Mentoring (MORE)

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MORE (Mentoring Others Results in Excellence) is a Rackham committee that engages with faculty and graduate students to foster conversations about mentoring. Specifically, the committee provides faculty with effective tools and practices for mentoring graduate students in an effort to improve retention, productivity and overall student success. MORE committee members are ten faculty with appointments in six different Schools and Colleges of the University of Michigan and it is sponsored by Rackham Graduate School, The Office of the Provost, and the Michigan AGEP Alliance.

Departmental Mentoring Workshops

The MORE committee is available to facilitate departmental mentoring workshops upon request. Faculty in this workshop will identify and discuss norms for faculty-graduate mentoring within their field(s) in order to discover the range of strategies that faculty use in advising and mentoring graduate students. Departments have used these workshops as an opportunity to discuss the professional development of students, the increasing diversity of the graduate student population, the importance of two-way conversations between mentor and mentee, and the value of written mentoring plans. These workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of the program and are typically developed in consultation with program leadership.

Mentoring Plan Workshops

The goal of the Mentoring Plan Workshop is to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor or advisor. During these workshops, students and faculty, from across the university will have the opportunity to develop a mentoring plan. A mentoring plan is a two-way agreement about needs and expectations and it is co-written by the student and research faculty mentor or advisor. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships. Because this program is aimed to enhance the mentoring relationship, mentors and students are expected to attend the workshop together. The mentoring plan workshop is offered three times a year, once in the fall semester and twice in the spring term.

Upcoming Workshops

  • May 6, 2016, Lurie Engineering Center
  • May 9, 2016, Rackham Graduate School
  • November 4, 2016, Rackham Graduate School

Workshop Materials

Examples of Mentoring Plans

Guides for Faculty and Students

Additional Resources

Useful Links

Select links for faculty and staff mentors of graduate students. These links have been collected to help you support the academic success of graduate students througout the University of Michigan. Please e-mail your link suggestions to us.

Alumni NetWorks Mentoring Program

Through its Alumni NetWorks program, the Alumni Association strives to connect current students and members of the Alumni Association with mentors who are able to provide career coaching on topics ranging from information about their occupation to relocating to a new city. Alumni mentors represent all job stages – from early career to experienced professionals.

Engineering Graduate Student Mentors

The Graduate Student Mentors (GSMs) at the College of Engineering are a group of experienced Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) who serve as consultants and teaching mentors to the rest of the GSI population in the College of Engineering.

Spectrum Center - OUTlist

The OUTlist seeks to foster professional relationships and mentoring opportunities through engaging LGBTQ faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the creation on online searchable profiles.

Just ASK

Just ASK stands for Just Alumni Sharing Knowledge. Just ASK connects current graduate students with Engineering alumni who have volunteered their time to coach grads on academic and personal issues.

Council of Graduate Schools Ph.D. Completion Project, Mentoring and Advising Promising Practices

Success in achieving a PhD depends upon a close and effective working relationship with one’s advisor and mentor. And yet, while virtually every doctoral student has a research advisor, survey data from the PhD Completion Project and other studies show that not every student has access in their doctoral program to someone they consider a mentor...

Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plans

Mentoring plan resource page created by the Office of Research, UC Santa Barbara.

Downloads

Supported by Rackham Graduate School, MORE provides faculty with effective tools and practices for mentoring graduate students and seeks to improve the graduate school experience for all students.

Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Mentors

Center for Health Leadership & Practice Public Health Institute Oakland, CA, November 2003. This mentoring Guide is based on materials originally developed by the Center for Health Leadership & Practice, Public Health Institute, for the State Health Directors Executive Mentoring and Consultation Program of the State Health Leadership Initiative (SHLI). The SHLI is administered by the National Governors Association with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Protégés

Center for Health Leadership & Practice Public Health Institute Oakland, CA, November 2003. This mentoring Guide is based on materials originally developed by the Center for Health Leadership & Practice, Public Health Institute, for the State Health Directors Executive Mentoring and Consultation Program of the State Health Leadership Initiative (SHLI). The SHLI is administered by the National Governors Association with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

MORE Brochure

MORE’s mission is to support and enhance graduate student mentoring at the University of Michigan with the goal of improving retention, productivity and overall success. We aim to equip faculty with effective tools and practices for mentoring graduate students through specialized workshops, information, and consultation.

Pay It Forward: Guidance for Mentoring Junior Scholars

This resource for mentors was jointly developed by the Forum for Youth Investment and the William T. Grant Foundation. It features knowledge gleaned from our work with current and former William T. Grant Foundation Scholars and their mentees, as well as a review of selected literature.

MORE Committee

Rackham Graduate School formed the MORE Committee in 2008 with support from the Provost's Office to improve the graduate school experience for all students.

Cheong-Hee Chang
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology (Medical School)
Emma Flores
Academic Program Officer for Academic Initiatives, Rackham Graduate Student Success Office
Mark Hunter
Henry A Gleason Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (LSA)
Martha S. Jones
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Associate Professor of History and Afroamerican & African Studies (LSA) and Law (Law School)
Adam Matzger
Charles G Overberger Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry (LSA) and Professor of Macromolecular Science & Engineering (CoE)
Peggy McCracken
Domna C Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature, Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature (LSA)
Barbra Meek
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Linguistics (LSA)
Mary-Ann Mycek
Professor of Biomedical Engineering (CoE)
Steve Skerlos
Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate Education and Director of Academic Program, Academic Affairs (CoE)
Michael Solomon
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School; Professor of Chemical Engineering & Macromolecular Science and Engineering (CoE)