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Faculty Mentoring Resources

Fostering strong paraprofessional relationships with faculty allows graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to network and prepare for careers.


The Graduate College highly recommends all faculty review the excellent faculty mentoring resources provided by the University of Washington Graduate School.

As a part of its inclusion and diversity initiatives, ASU is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The NCFDD offers a variety of webinars, training materials, and other resources ideal for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.  Individual free account activation required.

Further reading: mentoring new faculty and postdocs

For an introduction to the importance of faculty-to-faculty, faculty-to-new faculty and faculty-to-post-doctoral scholar mentoring, we recommend the Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra Inside Higher Ed article Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring.

Further reading: mentoring graduate students

The graduate student mentor plays many roles -- academic advisor, career exemplar, advocate and support. An integral part of mentoring is nurturing the development of best practices in research and scholarship and instilling professional practices that will support graduate students not only through their academic program but into their professional careers. Academic integrity standards are key to the ongoing success of students. Faculty can learn how to model strong standards with students, with particular mindfulness of sociocultural values and norms in Gabriella M. Gillespie's (University of South Carolina) Guide to Advising International Students about Academic Integrity.

The transition to graduate school can be challenging to even the most academically advanced graduate scholar, as it signifies not only a higher level of learning and research but an entry point into the professional world. In working with graduate students, it is important to support their non-academic growth and development, too. Strong academic mentoring not only benefits graduate students during their studies and transition to professional life but can have resounding implications throughout their careers.

In What Do the Best Mentors Do?, (Inside Higher Ed., August 24, 2017), Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist spoke to faculty about the best, most impactful practices in mentoring graduate students. Among key factors, graduate faculty advised other mentors to recognize the whole person, maintain regular contact, provide timely and constructive feedback, and to embrace the often time-intensive mentoring process as not challenging but nourishing. Skillfully deployed, they note, mentoring is not only impactful in the long term to the graduate student, but can be among the most meaningful or rewarding parts of the mentor's job as an academic.

For a doctorate student perspective on the mentoring needs of graduate students, see W. T. Ling's Science article The Ideal PhD Mentor -- A Student's Perspective.

 Mentoring excellence and resources

As part of its commitment to and acknowledgment of mentoring as a vital component of the graduate student experience, the Graduate College recognizes and rewards outstanding mentoring and strives to demonstrate the essential nature of mentoring to student success and professional development. The Graduate College recognizes and supports excellence in mentoring institution-wide through its annual Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards

Every year, outstanding faculty are recognized for the Graduate College’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award based upon nominations from the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities. Read more about our current and previous Outstanding Faculty Mentors, their mentoring philosophies, and their inspirations on the awardee highlights page. For more information about the nomination process or to nominate a faculty member, visit the OFM page.

Graduate faculty search tool

The Graduate Faculty search tool encourages graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to identify and connect with graduate faculty resources at ASU, including research professors, scholars, and ASU research affiliates.

Mentoring resources and best practices

Effective and meaningful mentoring starts with making the right mentoring connections. Before exploring the mentoring resources below, download the GCMN quick reference guides, The Mentoring Connection: Choosing a Mentoring Program and The Mentoring Connection: Peer Mentoring, to learn more about:

  • Choosing the right mentoring program within that structure;

  • Evaluating mentoring goals and outcomes;

  • Selecting a mentoring structure that best fits your needs;

  • Types of mentoring programs. 

ASU mentoring programs (undergraduate)

Academic development

W.P. Carey Connectors

University Academic Support Programs (UASP) Academic Mentors

Fulton Schools WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Community Mentors (women in science/engineering at Polytechnic campus)

Career development

AISSS (American Indian Student Support Services) Mentor U@ASU

Cronkite Mentorship Program

W.P. Carey Career Discovery

Undergraduate college transition

Barrett Mentoring Program

Fulton Schools Residential Community Peer Mentors

Fulton Schools Global Ambassador Peer Mentors (international)

Fulton Schools Off Campus (Commuter) Peer Mentors (off-campus)

New College Peer Mentors

W.P. Carey Admissions Summer Program (underrepresented high school students)

ASU mentoring programs (graduate)

Connected Academics (Department of English; languages and literatures)

Thunderbird Mentor Program (Global management; alumni mentoring)

Graduate Nurses Organization Mentoring Program (College of Nursing and Health Innovations graduate DNP program; peer to peer)