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Mentoring Resources

The resources below provide an excellent overview of many questions in mentoring theory and practice from the perspectives of both the mentors and mentees.


Resources at Duke

  For Mentees   For Mentors
Academic Support Services

Tools for research and instructional duties, research funding resources, interdisciplinary center listings, and instructional technology support



Career and Professional Development Resources

Career center services for graduate students and other campus offices that partner with The Graduate School to provide professional development opportunities



Diversity Support Resources

Campus resources for women, LGBT students, cultural groups, and religious life



Profiles of Past Winners of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
MentorDuke Mobile App

An iOS app developed by the Duke University School of Medicine that helps set career development goals, monitor progress, and track mentoring interactions.




  For Mentees   For Mentors
Getting Mentored in Graduate School

by W. Brad Johnson and Jennifer M. Huwe

A Graduate Student Guide: Making the Most of Mentoring

by Carol A. Mullen

The Mentee's Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You

by Lois J. Zachary

Faculty Success through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders

By Carole J. Bland, Anne L. Taylor, S. Lynn Shollen, and Anne Marie Weber-Main

Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students: A Handbook

by Susan K. Gardner, Ph.D., and Benita J. Barnes Ph.D.

Good Mentoring: Fostering Excellent Practice in Higher Education

by Jeanne Nakamura, David J. Shernoff, Charles H. Hooker, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.

Graduate Students in Transition: Assisting Students Through the First Year (First-Year Experience Monograph No. 50)

by Kenneth A. Tokuno

Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation

by Daniel Egeler

The Art of Mentoring: Lead, Follow and Get Out of the Way

by Shirley Peddy

The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring: A Multiple Perspectives Approach

by Tammy D. Allen



On the Web

  For Mentees   For Mentors
How to Get the Mentoring You Want (PDF)

Guidance from the University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School for students at all stages, including advice on finding mentors, understanding expectations, and troubleshooting tips for if problems arise

How to Obtain the Mentoring you Need: A Guide for Graduate Students

Practical advice from the University of Washington Graduate School on many mentoring-related issues, including “What influences your mentoring needs” and “Building your mentoring team”

How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty (PDF)

An excellent resource from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan about the fundamentals of graduate student mentoring.

Not Your Grandma’s Mentoring Program: Tips & Strategies for Mentoring Millenials (PDF)

This brief and informative white paper from Management Mentors covers some common challenges and opportunities particular to mentoring young scholars in the millennial generation.

Best Practices for Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students, University of California, Berkeley (PDF)

An outline of "best practices" from the The Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley, including how to guide students through their degree requirements, dissertation research, and professional development. 

Graduate Student Mentoring Program at University of California, Riverside
Graduate Mentoring Guidebook, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Mentoring Toolkit - The Graduate School at Penn State
Mentoring Graduate Students Through Social Media, or How I Made it Through the Last 5 Years

Article by Julie Meloni, The Chronicle of Higher Education

One-Sentence Mentoring

Article by Female Science Professor (a pseudonym of physical sciences professor), The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Contributions of Mentees to Mentors

Article by Marybeth Gasman, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Six Characteristics the Best Mentors Have in Common (PDF)
Ph.D. Completion Project: Mentoring and Advising 

A guide from the Council of Graduate Schools


The (Unofficial) Advisee Guide

A guide developed by a team from the 2016 Duke Emerging Leaders Institute.




Advice for the New Mentee

Suggested topics and strategies for communicating with a new mentor in a lab-based research environment, developed by a team from the 2017 Duke Emerging Leaders Institute.



Resources on Mentoring and Diversity

  For Mentees   For Mentors
Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM (Mentoring in Academia and Industry)

by Donna J. Dean



Mentoring and Diversity

by Belle Rose Ragins, David Clutterbuck, and Lisa Matthewman



Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia

by Emily Toth  



The African American Student's Guide to Surviving Graduate School (Graduate Survival Skills)

by Alicia Isaac