For some people, communicating effectively comes naturally. But for many mentees, communicating with their mentors/advisors was a key issue. Together, we created a resource we hope will help other graduate students and postdocs to be proactive in communicating with their mentors and foster good communication throughout their professional relationships.
“Given the ELI experience, I continue to realize the incredible power of respecting each person’s point of view and leveraging individual strengths and skill sets to achieve a common goal. I also understand the importance of constantly striving to enhance self-awareness to my disciplinary, behavioral and cultural dispositions."
"We often talk about being 'entrepreneurial' in your career, but that doesn't mean you have to start a business. For Ph.D. students, being entrepreneurial is much more about being open-minded and being deliberate about building relationships with people."
"... whether you go on to become a professor or pursue another professional career, there’s a crucial skill that tends to be underappreciated and underdeveloped: the ability to say “no” in a professional setting and to do so comfortably, clearly, and in a way that makes it clear that the decision is based on objective criteria and isn’t personal."
"The safe shelter of school provides the perfect setting to investigate new paths. I’d suggest that you start exploring when the stakes aren’t so high so that, when the time comes, you feel more prepared. When you are prepared, you are empowered, and when you are empowered all the other things tend to fall into place."
Dean Paula D. McClain chats with the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award about his memories growing at Duke, his time as a Duke doctoral student, and his controversial ideas about the discipline of social psychology.