Faculty Mentorship: Incorporating Inclusive Practices to Foster Faculty Success

Faculty Mentorship: Incorporating Inclusive Practices to Foster Faculty Success


December 13 - 14, 2022

Learn to facilitate dynamic and mutually beneficial mentoring relationships that embrace similarities and differences across a wide array of social identities.


Faculty mentorship has proven to be a key factor in faculty success, as it increases research productivity, improves career satisfaction, and plays a crucial role in retaining faculty. Mentorship is especially important for historically underrepresented faculty, who face more barriers to career advancement in the academy than their white male cisgender peers. But knowing how to establish high-quality mentorship programs and how to effectively mentor across differences can be difficult. How can you set up meaningful mentor relationships that acknowledge and center issues of power and privilege across race, gender, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, and generational differences?

This conference is designed to help both current faculty mentors and those who oversee faculty mentoring programs to develop better and more inclusive mentoring practices. Inclusive mentorship creates a dynamic where mentor and mentee can dialogue across differences and connect in a mutually beneficial relationship. In this workshop, you will gain practical strategies to help you:

  • Learn and apply evidence-based strategies for effective mentoring.
  • Understand how your own social identities and privileges influence your relationships with mentees.
  • Reflect on your current mentoring style and incorporate strategies to be more inclusive.
  • Better understand and consider the elements of a formal mentoring program.
  • Analyze and discuss complex case studies to inform and improve your mentoring style.


Who Should Attend

This conference will benefit both academic leaders who oversee faculty mentoring programs and faculty who are formally or informally mentoring other faculty. Any aspiring faculty mentor or anyone interested in establishing a formal mentoring program will also gain value from this conference.


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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

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“The virtual design of this conference coupled with the amazing work of our program manager promoted a high level of engagement and sense of community among attendees. The speakers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share their experiences. It was a refreshing shift from long days of traditional meetings on Zoom!”

“This is the first time I’ve ever attended a virtual conference, and to be honest, I had low expectations. Well, I was wrong. I am very impressed with the platform used and the quality of the content shared. Oftentimes, these conferences only talk about ideas and what could work, but at this event, actual pathways and practical next steps were shared. Academic Impressions did a great job featuring quality speakers who were willing to share what they know.”

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Day 1 - Tuesday, December 13, 2022

All Times Eastern


Welcome & Introductions
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. ET



Attendee Share-Out: Inclusive Mentoring Pros and Challenges
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. ET
To kick off our time together, you will have an opportunity to share 1) what you believe is the value of inclusive faculty mentoring, 2) how this currently manifests in the context of your institution or department, and 3) identify some challenges you face when it comes incorporating practices that foster inclusive mentoring.



Evidence-Based Principles for Effective Mentorship
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
It has been well documented that mentorship is a primary enabler of faculty success—one proven to increase research productivity, career satisfaction, and faculty retention. This session will explore effective mentoring principles that you or your mentoring program can incorporate into your current practice. Using research-based practices as a foundation, our faculty will expand on the following mentoring principles:

  • Collective and collaborative
  • Active listening and asking
  • Flexible, adaptable, and responsive
  • Diversity of perspectives welcomed
  • Broad understanding of success
  • Ongoing honest and constructive feedback
  • Respecting and encouraging life-work balance
  • Space of mutual learning, growth, and thriving



Short Break
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. ET



Small Group Discussion: Analysis of One Principle
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. ET
In this session, we’ll turn our focus from theory to application. In small groups of similar institutional sizes and types, you will take the mentorship principles you just learned and consider how they might apply to your own mentorship practice or program. To help model the way, you will also hear from our presenters about how they have integrated these principles into their own practice and programs.



Long Break
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET



Mentoring with an Inclusive Lens
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
It’s inevitable that faculty mentors and mentees alike will come to new mentoring relationships not knowing much about each other’s lived personal or professional experiences. In this session, we will name some specific barriers to inclusive mentoring that are born from the long-standing and often exclusive culture of privilege associated with academia and explore how these barriers specifically impact historically underrepresented faculty. We will then discuss ways that inclusive mentorship can help push through these barriers for individual faculty members.



Small Group Discussion: Idea Sharing for Inclusive Mentoring Practices
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Here, you will be given time in small groups to discuss the ideas generated in the previous large group session and consider how you might incorporate them into your own practice or program.



Day One Q&A and Wrap-Up
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
You will have the opportunity to ask any remaining questions you might have for our faculty panel and expand your network of connections by engaging with fellow attendees.


Day 2 - Wednesday, December 14, 2022

All Times Eastern


CONCURRENT SESSION A for Academic Leaders: Design Considerations for Formal Mentoring Programs
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
This session is designed for those who oversee or are working to create formal mentorship programs that center issues of equity and inclusion. Two of your faculty panelists will share how they built and formalized their faculty mentorship programs, including how they:

  • Conducted a front-end faculty needs assessment
  • Built a case and navigated resistance from internal stakeholders
  • Identified budgetary and other resourcing needs to sustain the program
  • Provided ongoing professional enrichment and training opportunities for faculty mentors
  • Assessed the effectiveness of their programs on an ongoing basis



CONCURRENT SESSION B for Faculty Mentors: Mentor Considerations for Informal Mentoring Programs
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
This roundtable discussion-style session will provide space for faculty mentors to discuss common challenges they’ve experienced when mentoring other faculty. From how to assist your mentee in expanding their professional network, to helping them navigate challenges of COVID-19, to bringing up critical topics that they are not raising for examination, this session is designed to help you participate in a structured discussion with other mentors to navigate and work through issues that have not been discussed so far at the conference.



Short Break
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. ET



Inclusive Mentoring Case Studies: Small Group Discussion & Share-Out
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET
In small groups, you will work through scenario-based case studies to better prepare you for the conversations you will inevitably have with your mentees around social, generational, and other kinds of difference. Once you have had a chance to practice, we will then come back together and debrief the case studies as a whole group.



Identifying Your Inclusive Mentoring Style
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. ET
This closing session will help you tie together everything you have learned throughout the conference and apply it to your own mentoring program or practice. Through a series of guided questions, you’ll be asked to define your own unique mentorship approach or philosophy and enumerate the specific steps you will take to move toward an inclusive mentorship approach that values difference, fosters growth, and encourages critical reflection.



Day Two Q&A and Conference Wrap-Up
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET


Portrait of Sana Loue

Sana Loue

Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Loue holds secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Global Health at the School of Medicine and in Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. She served as the medical school’s inaugural Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity from 2012-2020. Dr. Loue has been trained in law (JD), epidemiology (PhD), medical anthropology (PhD), social work (MSSA), secondary education (MA), public health (MPH) and theology (MA) and is ordained as an interfaith minister through the New Seminary in New York and as a Modern Rabbi, through Rabbinical Seminary International, also in New York. Her empirical research has focused on HIV risk and prevention, severe mental illness, family violence, and research ethics.

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Portrait of Donna Garcia

Donna Garcia

Director of the Diversity, Equity in Promotion, Hiring, and Tenure (DEPTH) Center and Professor of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)

Donna obtained her doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Kansas in June 2006 and her Master’s in applied social psychology from the University of Guelph, Canada, in May 2001. Her field of interest is diversity science and her program of research concerns the effects that cultural legacies of oppression have on psychosocial processes, which in turn shape human functioning (e.g., achievement, motivation, responses to inequity, and self-regulation) in ways that advertently or inadvertently justify and maintain social inequality.

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Rita Kumar

Executive Director of Faculty Enrichment Center, University of Cincinnati

In her current role, Rita provides the conceptual and organizational leadership for the Faculty Enrichment Center. Working with a faculty and staff advisory group, she develops and oversees the Center’s core programming. She is the 2013-14 recipient of the UCBA Innovative Teaching Award for her inventive use of Problem-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. Rita is a member of the UC Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on PBL, Lesson Study, inclusive classroom practices, and improving students’ information literacy skills. She has shared her research globally in over 70 professional presentations.

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Jenna Ledford
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