Master Mentor Program

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, PhD

Professor, Medical Psychology

David Yousem, MD

Mission/Vision: The Master Mentor program is designed to create cohorts of experienced and well-trained expert mentors of junior faculty who are maximally effective at enhancing the career trajectory of their mentees. These Master Mentors are a resource that can coach and provide counsel to other less-experienced mentors within a department in handling difficult advisor situations and helping faculty develop and enhance interpersonal skills for optimal mentor-mentee interactions. Successful Master Mentors will accelerate the advancement of their mentees and elevate the quality of mentorship throughout their divisions/departments by providing a constant role model of the best mentoring possible.   Each year, Master Mentor cohorts will address the most challenging problems currently facing faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions, and role-plays.

Selection Criteria: The Master Mentor Program will be offered to senior faculty members each year via a nominating process from Department Directors, members of the Dean’s office, or past graduates of the Master Mentor Program.  Upon successful completion of the program a certificate of excellence from the Office of Faculty Development will be awarded.

Structure of the Course: Four 3 hour workshops (see below; each is held 8am-11am on the JHH campus) and 4 two-hour brown bag luncheons (12-2pm).

Application deadline: Please contact Jennifer Haythornthwaite (

Notification of applicants: January 5, 2016

To Apply: All materials need to be submitted to the following website:

The following application materials are required:

  • Nomination letter from the candidate’s Chair; letter from a Dean or Vice Dean; or letter from a graduate of the Master Mentor Program. This letter should describe the candidate’s current mentoring activities. Since a primary goal of the MMP is to expand mentoring efforts throughout the university, this letter should also specify how the department will support the candidate’s development of a mentoring program following completion of the program.
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate’s Personal Statement that includes the following:
    1. Your goals for participating in the Master Mentor Program
    2. Your commitment to attend all sessions

Once all materials are complete, you will receive email notification that your application is complete.

Program Schedule: Attendance is REQUIRED at all workshops and lunches.

JANUARY 12, 2016: Developing Your Feedback Skills
This workshop uses typical scenarios that can occur in academic mentoring relationships to help participants learn to:

  • Use strategies for promoting a productive relationship with mentees;
  • Give confirming and corrective feedback;
  • Confront mentees when they are not meeting deadlines or performing optimally.

FEBRUARY 11, 2016: Lunch with the Deans and case discussions

MARCH 3, 2016: Increasing Motivation and Promoting Change

This workshop supports participants as they develop and practice skills to enhance a mentee’s motivation to change and accomplish their goals.  Skills practice is provided in:

  • Increasing motivation and dealing with resistance or procrastination;
  • Giving supportive feedback;
  • Building or enhancing the mentees’ confidence.

MARCH 21, 2016: Lunch with guests and case discussions

APRIL 6, 2016: Developing Your Coaching and Problem-Solving Skills 

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice coaching and problem-solving skills to:

  • Help mentees deal with difficult colleagues while preserving the relationship.
  • Help mentees cope with negative reviews and criticism.

APRIL 22, 2016: Lunch with guests and case discussions

MAY 17, 2016:  Developing Your Skills to Anticipate and Manage Career Transitions 

This workshop supports participants as they develop and practice skills to help mentees navigate career transitions.  Participants will learn to:

  • Initiate and structure discussions about career transitions
  • Stimulate self-reflection in the context of relevant personal goals;
  • Facilitate productive brainstorming;

JUNE 8, 2016: Lunch with guests and case discussions