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Mentoring in the Field: Lessons from Remote Locations

Modified: April 1, 2015

Monday, April 6, 12-1pm
TGS Commons, 2122 Sheridan, Room 140

On April 6th, a panel of distinguished researchers will share insights about the special challenges, obligations, ethics and concerns that pertain to mentoring students who are conducting field research in remote locations. Facilitated by Tracy C. Davis (TGS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Excellence in Mentoring Initiative), this free session is especially relevant to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Panelists for this workshop include: 

  • Patrick Herendeen, Chicago Botanic Garden; PhD program in Plant Biology and Conservation
  • Brad Sageman, Department of Earth and Planetary Science
  • Noel Sullivan, Department of Anthropology; Global Health Studies

This workshop will address the ethical and pragmatic challenges when mentoring students who are working in remote locations, whether these be geographically or culturally distant from campus.

The Excellence in Mentoring Initiative helps mentors and mentees hone criteria for building constructive and productive relationships. “Mentoring is part of faculty members’ job,” says Davis. “Even so, at Northwestern University we seek to prepare everyone to optimize their participation in one-on-one and team mentoring situations. Mentees, too, benefit from understanding their capacities for contributing to what will benefit them while they are students and as lifelong leaders.”

Bev Wright, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, also adds “When people come together and share questions, ideas and struggles about how to guide students, we all learn things that can help us to help others. We also discover how to apply these “tricks” to our own scientific work.”

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.

Register to participate by March 29th.