W1. Mentoring the Mentors Workshop

Date: June 19
Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Mentoring is more than advising, as it involves both a personal as well as professional relationship. Good mentors can have a lasting impact on their mentees’ lives and careers, inclusive of increased knowledge and skills, greater awareness of career pathways and opportunities, improved morale and resiliency, increased self-confidence, personal growth and professional advancement. Mentors also benefit from the relationship by networking, practicing leadership and communication skills, being exposed to new ideas and perspectives, and the satisfaction of helping others. But what makes a good mentor? And how can we foster good mentoring practices at all stage of our careers? Extensive research has been done in this area — and research-based practices will be shared in this highly interactive workshop through fun, engaging hands-on activities. This workshop is highly interactive: participants will be asked to reflect on their mentoring experience (as a mentor and/or mentee) and explore areas where they can further their mentoring practice. No experience necessary to participate – everyone is welcome, including students.

Goals & Objectives: The overarching goal of this workshop is for mentors to become more intentional about their mentoring practice. There are two key objectives: to reflect on one’s own mentoring experience and to learn about research-based mentoring practices. Participants will leave this workshop with practical strategies to further their own mentoring practice.

Organizer: Dr. Barbara Bruno is a Faculty Specialist (Full Professor) at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, a research unit of the University of Hawai‘i. She has over 50 publications in geology and geophysics, including many on geoscience education research. Since 2006, she has served as Education Director for numerous large, multi-institutional projects, funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, including NSF Science and Technology Centers and NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute In her role as Education Director, she has trained faculty and staff across the US in mentoring and teaching practices, and she has personally mentored over 100 undergraduate and graduate students.