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1 1 Achieving Great Mentoring: Suggestions for Seekers Keith E. Muller Professor Health Outcomes & Policy Current support includes NIDCR, NCRR, NHLBI, NIAAA; developed for NCI K-award session

2 2Outline 1. Finding good mentoring. Why? Why? Who? Who? What? What? When? When? Where? Where? How? 2. Using good mentoring. How? 2. Using good mentoring. Plan top down. Plan top down. Work multiscale. Work multiscale. Make it count twice by aligning. Make it count twice by aligning.

3 3 1. Finding Good Mentoring: Why? Apparently equal choices may have very different long term effects. Apparently equal choices may have very different long term effects. Example. Should I write a tutorial paper in a content journal? Which journal, relative to specialties? Editor contacted and enthusiastic? I thought no, but mentor said yes. 500 reprints in first year, Still being cited. Example. Should I write a tutorial paper in a content journal? Which journal, relative to specialties? Editor contacted and enthusiastic? I thought no, but mentor said yes. 500 reprints in first year, Still being cited.

4 4Who? A person of the stature you seek. Evaluate with K award criteria. Adhere to the local rules? A person of the stature you seek. Evaluate with K award criteria. Adhere to the local rules? Examples of people that make a difference. Department Head. Yours or someone elses. Full (named) Professor, international reputation, zillions of publications, substantial NIH support. Examples of people that make a difference. Department Head. Yours or someone elses. Full (named) Professor, international reputation, zillions of publications, substantial NIH support. Man or woman mentor? L. T. Eby (UGA Prof 04/11/2004 Athens Banner Herald) cited toughness over too nice. Man or woman mentor? L. T. Eby (UGA Prof 04/11/2004 Athens Banner Herald) cited toughness over too nice.

5 5What? Time to discuss choices and review plans, outlines, abstracts. Time to discuss choices and review plans, outlines, abstracts. Informal discussion of academic life, service and citizenship, traps to avoid, balancing family and career. Informal discussion of academic life, service and citizenship, traps to avoid, balancing family and career. Honest, unvarnished evaluations. Honest, unvarnished evaluations.

6 6What? The expectation that you can be better than you think. The expectation that you can be better than you think. Why do fewer women than men aspire to higher positions? Why do fewer women than men aspire to higher positions? Acceptance of cultural stereotypes and consequent lack of self-confidence. Acceptance of cultural stereotypes and consequent lack of self-confidence. The World of Children and Psychology of Women: A Lifespan Perspective, C. Etaugh and J. S. Bridges (2004, 2nd ed) The World of Children and Psychology of Women: A Lifespan Perspective, C. Etaugh and J. S. Bridges (2004, 2nd ed) Giving Away Success: Why Women Get Stuck and What to Do About It, S. Schenkel (2nd ed. 1990) Giving Away Success: Why Women Get Stuck and What to Do About It, S. Schenkel (2nd ed. 1990)

7 7When? Formal quarterly or once per semester. Formal quarterly or once per semester. Informal discussion when in angst, approach-avoidance, or discouraged. Informal discussion when in angst, approach-avoidance, or discouraged.

8 8Where? Their place, their convenience. Their place, their convenience. Privately, could be over coffee or lunch. Privately, could be over coffee or lunch.

9 9How? Just ask. Just ask. The worst they can say is No, go away. The worst they can say is No, go away. If you do not ask, they will never say yes. If you do not ask, they will never say yes. Any no will be for fairness to others. Typically comes with excellent alternative. Any no will be for fairness to others. Typically comes with excellent alternative. Many people think you show a lot of promise. Many people think you show a lot of promise. Formalize it! Create your own: K award or Florida system. Formalize it! Create your own: K award or Florida system.

10 10 2. Using Advice: Plan Top Down Start with goal, and work backwards. Start with goal, and work backwards. Process also known as top down structured planning. Process also known as top down structured planning. Outline big steps first (end to beginning). Outline big steps first (end to beginning). Fill in intermediate steps. Fill in intermediate steps. Iteratively refine. Iteratively refine. Common in business planning, computer support planning. Common in business planning, computer support planning.

11 11 Work Multiscale Think about big picture as a task. Think about big picture as a task. Think about little picture within a task. Think about little picture within a task. Change evaluations to meet the scale. Change evaluations to meet the scale. Choose what to do well enough, what to skip, what to do superbly. Choose what to do well enough, what to skip, what to do superbly. Interact with mentor on this topic repeatedly. Interact with mentor on this topic repeatedly.

12 12 Make it Count Twice by Aligning Does this task meet a research goal? Does this task meet a research goal? Does this task meet a service goal? Does this task meet a service goal? Does this task meet a teaching goal? Does this task meet a teaching goal? Does this task meet a clinical goal? Does this task meet a clinical goal? Every activity should count at least twice, or someone else seems better suited, or the task needs changed. Every activity should count at least twice, or someone else seems better suited, or the task needs changed. Align research, service, teaching, clinic. Align research, service, teaching, clinic.

13 13Review 1. Finding good mentoring. Why? Why? Who? Who? What? What? When? When? Where? Where? How? How? 2. Using good mentoring. Plan top down. Plan top down. Work multiscale. Work multiscale. Make it count twice by aligning. Make it count twice by aligning.

14 14 Good Choices Make Good Futures


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