Tools for Success

Tracy C. Davis has created the following tools to help you excel.  We encourage you to explore the list below and discover which tools would be the most beneficial.

Helpful Resources

Handbooks, Guides, and Reports:

Laura Gail Lunsford, and Vicki L. Baker, Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A Quick Start Guide For Protégés (Council of Graduate Schools, Occasional Paper Series, Number 4, 2016)

Susan L. Phillips and Susan T. Dennison, Faculty Mentoring: a Practical Manual for Mentors, Mentees, Administrators, and Faculty Developers (Sterling VA: Stylus, 2015).

L.J. Zachary, Creating a Mentoring Culture (San Franciso: Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Mercedes Carnethon, Kwang-Young Kim, and Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Mentoring and Faculty Development Handbook for the Department of Preventive Medicine, 20112012, (Northwestern University)

Donna J. Dean, Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM (Springer, 2009). Available commercially.

“Elements of Good Advising” (University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Provost)

“How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty” (University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School)

 “Advising and Mentoring Students” (Ohio State University, Graduate School)

“Research Mentor Training” (University of Wisconsin, Center for Education Research)

“Investing in the Future: National Institute of General Medical Sciences Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training” (16 February 2011)

McKinsey Quarterly, “How the Best Labs Manage Talent” (May 2011)

“LET’S TALK! Expanding Dialogue in the Postdoctoral Community Toward Broadening Participation in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences

Wendy Reed Williams, Mentoring International Postdocs: Working Together to Advance Science and Careers (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Joseph Stokes Jr. Institute)

Research on Mentoring:

David F. Feldon, Michelle A. Maher, Melissa Hurst, and Briana Timmerman, "Faculty Mentors', Graduate Students', and Performance-Based Assessment of Students' Research Skill Development," American Educational Research Journal 52.2 (April 2015): 334-70.'

M. Fleming , S. House, Hanson V. Shewakramani, L. Yu, J. Garbutt, R. McGee, K. Kroenke, Z. Abedin, and D.M. Rubio. The mentoring competency assessment: Validation of new instrument to evaluate skills of research mentors. Academic Medicine 2013; 88(7):1002-1008.

Suzanne C. de Janasz, Sherry E. Sullivan, Vicki Whiting and Elaine Biech, “Mentor Networks and Career Success: Lessons for Turbulent Times,” Academy of Management Executives. 17.4 (2003): 78-93.

H.G., Burk & L.T. Eby, “What Keeps People in Mentoring Relationships When Bad Things Happen?: A Field Study from the Protégé’s Perspective,” Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77 (2010): 437-46.

D. Clutterbuck, “Establishing and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships: an Overview of Mentor and Mentee Competencies,” South African Journal of Human Resource Management 3.3 (2005): 2-9.

B.A. Bell-Ellison, and R.F. Dedrick, “What Do Doctoral Students Value in Their Ideal Mentor?” Research in Higher Education 49 (2008): 555-567.

Kecia M. Thomas, Leigh A. Willis, and Jimmy Davis, “Mentoring Minority Graduate Students: Issues and Strategies for Institutions, Faculty, and Students,” Equal Opportunities International 26.3 (2007): 178-92.

Lowell A. Goldsmith, “Mentoring: More Knowledge Then Skills,” Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2011): 1587-88.

Paul R. Bergstresser, “Academic Mentoring,” Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2011): 273-4.

“Mentor-Protégé Relationships: Age Gap Really Does Matter,” Science Daily 3 June 2010.

This digests the findings of a study conducted at Northwestern University:
R. Dean Malmgren, Julio M. Ottino, and Luis A Nunes Amaral, “The Role of Mentorship in Protégé Performance,” Nature 465 (3 June 2010): 622-6.

Linda Pololi and Sharon Knight, “Mentoring Faculty in Academic Medicine: A New Paradigm?,” Journal of General Internal Medicine 20.9 (September 2005): 866–870.

Lewis Z. Schlosser, Sarah Knox, and Alissa R. Moskovitz, ” A Qualitative Examination of Graduate Advising Relationships: The Advisee Perspective,” Journal of Counseling Psychology 50.2 (2005): 178–88.

Allan Schnaiberg, “Mentoring Graduate Students: Going beyond the Formal Role Structure,” American Sociologist (2005): 28-42. (The late Professor Schnaiberg was a faculty member at Northwestern.)


Manya Whitaker, “The Unseen Labor of Mentoring,” Vitae 12 June 2017.

Adam Bryant, “I Was Impossible, But Then I Saw How to Lead,” New York Times 3 December 2011. [Interview with Ruth J. Simmons, President of Brown University]

Patrick Limbach, “Can a White Male Really Be an Effective Mentor [of Racial Minorities]?” Science Magazine posted 15 February 2002

Janet D. Stemwedel, “Everyday Mentors: a Tribute to Dr. James E. Lu Valle,” Scientific American, 29 February 2012.

Leonard Cassuto, “LET’S DO LUNCH: Treating Graduate Students as People, Not Just Scholars in Training, Will Make Them Better Professionals,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 March 2013: A30.

Audio Video Materials:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Mentoring International Post-docs”. Episodes are geared to help advisors:

  • Identify and address specific issues related to training international postdocs.
  • Create awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues that may affect the success and performance of international postdocs.
  • Improve mentor skills and competencies in problem areas.
  • Outline clearly defined mentor and postdoc roles and responsibilities.
  • Provide case studies/real-life scenarios that illustrate positive mentoring practices, different mentoring styles and approaches to resolving conflict.

University of California – Davis, “Lab Management Video Vignettes”

Advice to Mentees

Eberle, Stephanie K. "Developing Your Story." Inside Higher Ed 20 Apr. 2015.