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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Notification of applicants: January 5, 2016
To Apply: All materials need to be submitted to the following website: https://ictrweb.johnshopkins.edu/ictr/management/
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:
- Your goals for participating in the Master Mentor Program
- 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