Mentoring Mentors workshop series

The Graduate School at the University of Nevada, Reno periodically offers a “Mentoring Mentors” workshop series that runs over the course of two days with 1 three-hour session each day. The series is open to all academic faculty, postdocs and other faculty with mentoring responsibilities, and offers the opportunity to discuss mentoring with faculty peers. Establishing an ongoing, supportive network of faculty mentors is a critical component of the series. Nine of ten past faculty attendees found these workshops to be a productive use of time and would recommend them to other faculty.

Spring 2024 Mentoring Mentors

The Graduate School hosts Mentoring Mentors workshops each semester.

"Mentoring Mentors" is a multi-part workshop series for faculty and postdocs that will include discussions of aligning expectations, fostering independence, maintaining effective communication, and promoting professional development. See below for upcoming workshop sessions and topics.

  • Spring 2024 workshop dates:
    • Friday, April 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
      • Topic: Introduction and maintaining effective communication
    • Friday, April 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
      • Topic: Aligning expectations
    • Friday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
      • Topic: Fostering independence
    • Friday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
      • Topic: Promoting professional development
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom 
  • Who: Hosted by Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) trained faculty facilitators on campus 

To fully complete this workshop series, it is required to attend both sessions. Please note we are offering these sessions every spring and fall semester which allows you to attend some in the spring and some in the fall if you cannot attend four consecutively in one semester. It is a requirement of the Nevada DRIVE program that faculty mentors participate in the Mentoring Mentors workshop series.

Please contact Matthew Aguirre at with any questions about this series. 

Trained faculty mentor facilitators

Our faculty hosts are trained in evidence-based mentoring practices through the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), an NSF, HHMI funded program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. CIMER resources are also available through the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), of which our University is a member. 

Mentor/mentee resources

CIMER – Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research

Effective research mentoring relationships are critical to developing the next generation of researchers. Learn how to improve these relationships at all career stages and promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring as a critical aspect of diversifying the research workforce.


The University of Nevada, Reno is a member institution of the NCFDD, an organization offering professional development, training, and mentoring resources to faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students at colleges and universities across the country.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a document designed to guide mentees (traditionally postdocs, but graduate students will find the material valuable as well) toward an independent career. Completing and sharing an IDP between a mentee and advisor allows open discussion of goals, development of a plan for success and handle challenges that arise.