Teaching PhD students how to be good mentors: Opinion

September 23, 2021
PhD students should be taught how to be good mentors during their education, writes Maria LaMonaca Wisdom. The author describes using exercises, readings, and activities in a course designed to help students to reflect on their “mentee” experiences and develop their skills as future mentors. Wisdom says that the course offered students a safe space to discuss their mentorship relationships, clarified the roles of mentors and PhD program advisers, and provided students with an understanding of what mentorship is. “[W]hen I see the growth and change possible among individual doctoral students — just from a two-week immersion in mentorship training — I feel renewed hope for the future of academe and the new generation of young PhDs,” writes Wisdom. The Chronicle of Higher Ed | (Editorial)