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Mentoring Workshops for USD Faculty and Staff to Be Held this Spring

VERMILLION, S.D. – A series of workshops this spring will aim to give University of South Dakota faculty and staff members the tools they need to be successful mentors for their students.

The USD Inclusive Science Initiative and the Center for Teaching and Learning will hold 10 weekly, 45 minute sessions of guided training on best practices for being a mentor at the university level using the curriculum developed by the nationally-recognized National Research Mentorship Network.

Sessions will start on Jan. 16-17, and will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and Wednesdays 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. The workshops will continue every week through March 27-28 with no meetings taking place during Spring Break.

Participants who attend eight of the 10 workshops will receive a Statement of Achievement in Mentoring from the CTL. The workshops will be held in MT110, and Collaborate links will be provided for faculty who wish to participate online.

Brian Burrell, an associate professor in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at USD and one of the main organizers of the workshops, said the programs benefit both the faculty mentors and their student mentees.

“Studies have shown that faculty who receive mentor training experience greater productivity by their trainees,” he said. “Furthermore, student success in college is greatly impacted by the quality of faculty mentoring that they receive and this is especially students from underrepresented groups.”

To register for this series or to receive the Collaborate link, please sign up at

If you have specific questions about the program or want to see a detailed curriculum, contact or

Week 1: Introduction to Mentor Training Program
Week 2: Aligning Expectations
Week 3: Promoting Professional Development
Week 4: Maintaining Effective Communication
Week 5: Addressing Equity and Inclusion
Week 6: Inclusion within South Dakota & the Surrounding Region
Week 7: Assessing Understanding
Week 8: Fostering Independence
Week 9: Cultivating Ethical Behavior
Week 10: Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News