Fall 2012: Research Mentor Training Seminar


Registration for CIRTL's Research Mentor Training Seminar has ended.


This seminar is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty across the CIRTL Network who desire to improve their skills in mentoring. In this seminar, you will learn to:

  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your mentoring
  • Help provide your mentees with a better research experience
  • Improve your mentees' research productivity
  • Reduce your frustration in mentoring
Through facilitated discussions using a format based on collaboration and collective problem solving, you will learn about different mentoring styles and strategies for developing confidence, independence, creativity, and communication skills in your mentees. You will read articles and case studies, compare your goals with those of your mentees, explore time management strategies, and further develop your mentoring philosophy. Rather than adding to the time you will spend mentoring, this seminar is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your mentoring.

Download the Fall 2012 course flyer (pdf) 


  • Course type: Online web-conference, synchronous graduate seminar
  • Instructor: Chris Pfund, UW-Madison, Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning, and Melissa McDaniels, Michigan State University, Office of the Provost
  • Meeting Dates: September 19 -  November 28 (No class on November 21)
  • Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm ET / 12:00pm-1:30pm CT / 11:00am-12:30pm MT / 10:00am-11:30am PT
  • Credits: One credit. Students may participate with or without credit, as they prefer.
  • Format: This course will use interactive web and teleconferencing technology.



Technology Requirements
This course will use interactive web and teleconferencing technology.
  • Individual access to a computer in a quiet location with a high-speed internet connection
  • Hardware: http://www.cirtl.net/courses/equipment
  • Skype: Skype is used as a back-up connection system. If students have problems connecting to the Blackboard Collaborate room they can then contact the instructor or other facilitators to troubleshoot. Instructors may also require that students meet outside of class in Blackboard Collaborate to complete assignments (varies from course to course)
  • This course will use Blackboard Collaborate to connect students via web-conference. Blackboard Collaborate requires that your computer have a compatible Java software version installed on your computer. Click here to test your system's compatibility


Once registration begins, we will accept applications on a first-come first-served basis with students from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Network institutions given priority. In order to accommodate as many institutions as possible, we will only accept one applicant from each institution. Subsequent applicants will be placed on a waiting list. We will accept people from the waiting list, as space allows.

View a sample of the course registration form.


We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities, programs, and courses. If you have specific accessibility needs, please let us know in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.


Course Credit
Students may participate with or without credit, as they prefer. The course work is equivalent to a 1-credit course. Students are expected to complete all work regardless of the number of credits they receive for the course. Graduate students  are encouraged to work with their local CIRTL Network campus leaders or advisors to receive independent study credit. Credits offered by the host campuses will vary. Students taking the course for credit will be required to submit a grade report form to the instructor early in the semester.


Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this course, contact Robin Greenler: rgreenler AT wisc.edu