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


Mentoring Toolkit

Resources that faculty, students, and staff need to conduct successful workshops on good practices for mentoring graduate students.

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Resources at Duke

For MenteesFor 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


For MenteesFor Mentors
Getting Mentored in Graduate School

by W. Brad Johnson and Jennifer M. Huwe
Available at Duke Library

A Graduate Student Guide: Making the Most of Mentoring

by Carol A. Mullen
Available at Duke Library

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
Available at Duke Library

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.
Available at Duke Library

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

by Kenneth A. Tokuno
Available at Duke Library

Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation

by Daniel Egeler

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

by Shirley Peddy
Available at Duke Library

The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring: A Multiple Perspectives Approach

by Tammy D. Allen
Available at Duke Library

The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School through Tenure 

by Glenn Wright ed.
Available at Duke Library

Mentoring and Making it in Academe: A Guide for Newcomers to the Ivory Tower

by Elena Klaw
Available at Duke Library

On the Web

For MenteesFor 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.

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 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

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Online course from the National Research Mentoring Network (free access available to Duke affiliates; create your login for access)

Entering Mentoring Curriculum

Free online curricula from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). Find curricula for mentors who work with undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

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.

The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising

Online journal on academic advising that includes articles on mentorship in higher education.

U.S. Geological Survey, Mentorship Resources
Mentoring: A Guide for Faculty

A guide from the University of Washington Graduate School. 

Mentoring Resources, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Resources on faculty mentoring.

Seeking the Mentors You Need

Article by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong, The Chronicle of Higher Education

How to Create a Better Mentor for Yourself 

Article by Michael Schwalbe, Inside Higher Education

How to be a Great Mentor

A series of essays by Kerry Ann Rockquemore for Inside Higher Education that address faculty mentorship of junior and incoming faculty and not graduate students.

Podcast series on mentoring from Nature

A seven-part Working Scientist podcast series that explores how science can better support and reward its academic practitioners.


Mentoring and Diversity

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

by Donna J. Dean
Available at Duke Library

Mentoring and Diversity

by Belle Rose Ragins, David Clutterbuck, and Lisa Matthewman
Available at Duke Library

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

by Emily Toth
Available at Duke Library 

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

by Alicia Isaac
Available at Duke Library

Advice on Advising: How to Mentor Minority Students

Article by Shampa Biswas, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Resources on Culturally Aware Mentoring

The Council of Graduate Schools has compiled lists of books, articles, websites, videos, and podcasts to build culturally aware mentoring practices.