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Professional Development for Mentees

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and The Graduate School are here to support postdoctoral fellows as they further their professional development at Northwestern. Through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, postdocs can access one-on-one career advising and attend workshops and other programming specifically tailored to their needs and interests. The office also serves as a gateway to additional resources on campus and partners with other University offices to develop programming for postdocs.

If you have a postdoc who would like to learn more about the professional development opportunities available to them at Northwestern, please encourage them to explore the Professional Development section of this website and take advantage of the Programming Opportunities tool to help them find opportunities tailored to their particular needs and interests.

You can also let them know that they can always contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for any questions or concerns, and consult the latest edition of the OPA Wire newsletter to learn more about upcoming opportunities.

Faculty Mentoring Training Program

The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School, and the Center for Leadership offer the Northwestern Faculty Mentoring Training Program for faculty. Based on the Provost’s Foundational Principles of Mentoring Practice and nationally recognized best practices for the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, the training includes small group work, case studies, short lecture-style learning, and guidance to help faculty be intentional and confident in their mentoring abilities.

The NIH and Northwestern strongly suggest that faculty appointed to T32 and other training grants participate in faculty mentoring training. To fulfill these requirements, Northwestern has created a series of evidence-based modules which can be taken over the span of two years. Completion of all four modules within two years constitutes successful completion of the faculty mentoring training. This training is open to all STEM faculty, including those not appointed to training grants.

The Faculty Mentoring Training Program (STEM) will be offered in four modules. Register online for one or more of the following sessions:

Faculty Mentoring Training Sessions
Session I Wednesday, November 29 1:00–3:00 PM The Graduate School (TGS) Commons, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Session II Monday, January 8 1:00–3:00 PM The Graduate School (TGS) Commons, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Session III Monday, February 12 1:00–3:00 PM Lurie Hospital, Gray Seminar Room, Chicago
Session IV Monday, May 6 1:00–3:00 PM Lurie Hospital, Gray Seminar Room, Chicago

These four sessions will be offered again in 2024-2025, with dates announced beginning in Summer 2024.