Mentoring is integral for academic success, yet research faculty are often left to their own devices to learn effective mentoring through trial and error. To meet this need, the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) provides workshops that help mentors build a framework for effective and evidence-based research mentoring. Through case studies, activities and small-group discussions, these workshops aim to accelerate the acquisition of mentoring insights and cultivate effective mentee-mentor relationships.
In this half-day workshop for faculty mentors of undergraduates in Maine INBRE and COBRE institutions, NRMN Master Facilitators Kermin Martinez Hernandez and Philip Cheng will focus on the key mentoring competencies that support effective communication to align expectations, address equity and inclusion, and promote productivity. Participants will explore new approaches while working through mentoring challenges, reflect upon their mentoring experiences, and begin to refine their individual mentoring style.
Philip Cheng, PhD is Senior Bioscientific Staff at the Henry Ford Health System, and also teaches at Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy. His training is in clinical psychology with specialty in sleep and circadian science. Dr. Cheng has funding from the NIH to examine sleep and circadian rhythms in the etiology of shift work disorder. Dr. Cheng has been involved with NRMN since 2014, and has expertise in facilitating research mentor training in both online synchronous and face-to-face environments. Dr. Cheng also has a specific interest in cultivating culturally aware and culturally responsive mentoring through an experientially-based curriculum.
Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He teaches general chemistry classes and organizes teacher workshops about differentiated instruction and problem-based learning. His chemical education research focus is on the assessment of the implementation of problem-based learning at the middle, high school, and college levels. He is conducting research in nanotechnology with undergraduate students; his research project is “Encapsulating Ibuprofen using Beeswax Microspheres”. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), he participated in research mentor training. While still at UW, he collaborated with the UW team to integrate diversity-focused case study discussion into the professional development efforts for graduate students and post-docs through the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. More recently, he joined the UW team to deliver a train-the-trainers event, Facilitating Entering Mentoring, at two venues funded by the NIH R13 grant to offer research mentor training to more diverse audiences. He co-facilitated the training at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 annual conference for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), an organization with which he has long been involved, as well as one held at Boston University concurrent with the American Public Health Association (APHA) meetings, Jackson State University, St. John Fisher College, and served as a panelist for the NY Leader Alliance Faculty Retreat on Mentoring Diverse Scholars at Hunter College, NY. He has also developed other workshops and panel sessions for SACNAS related with mentoring such as “Expand Your Network: How to Identify Advisors, Mentors, Sponsors for a Successful Career” and “Stories from the Other Side of the Blurry Tunnel, It Gets Better after All!” where he provides advice and mentoring to undergraduate/graduate students. He is currently an NRMN Master Facilitator where he facilitates mentoring training(s) nationwide.
The workshop will being with check-in at 8:30am and end in the early afternoon after lunch.
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On-campus standard dormitory rooms, with shared bathrooms, are available. Information can be found in the workshop registration form. No food service is provided outside of the workshop program.