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The Deliberate Mentor: Performing the Role(s) with Thought and Purpose

mentoring heroA workshop for graduate faculty

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (coffee and sign-in begin at 8:30)
Illini Union
Mentoring graduate students and postdocs requires a faculty mentor to assume a multiplicity of roles, including those of evaluator, advocate, research guide and professional coach. As challenging as this may be, mentoring plays a key role in the success of our graduate students and postdocs, as evidenced by the frequency with which mentoring appears in doctoral program assessments on our own campus and nationally.
Join us for this half-day workshop as we explore these roles with experienced mentors. Learn how they have succeeded not only in taking on these different roles, but also in managing them. Participants will have time to discuss ways to improve components of their own mentoring skills that are needed to perform the various roles of a successful mentor. Lunch will be provided.
The Practical Mentoring of Graduate Students: A Professional Development Opportunity for Graduate Faculty is an annual workshop sponsored by the Graduate College.



Registration and coffee


Deba Dutta, Dean, Graduate College


On the Importance of Mentoring
Chancellor Phyllis Wise


The Multifaceted Roles of the Graduate Mentor
Rebecca Bryant, Assistant Dean, Graduate College


Roles and Role Models
Andrea Golato (moderator), Janice Bahr, Linda Smith, Jim Slauch




Interactive Discussions on Mentoring Roles and Strategies for Effective Mentoring
Round table discussion 





Janice Bahr

Janice Bahr is emeritus professor of physiology in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  During her 36 years as a faculty member, she has mentored over 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Bahr is still contacted frequently by her former students for professional and personal advice. Many other graduate students have sought her counsel over the years. She has served on more than 100 graduate thesis and dissertation committees. She was recognized for her mentoring of graduate students as the recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, spring 2007 and the First Trainee Mentoring Award given by the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), an international scientific society.  Several times, Dr. Bahr has received the award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Research in the Department of Animal Sciences. She was also a recipient of the Mothers’ Association 1997 Medallion of Honor Award which recognizes one University of Illinois woman annually for contributions to her discipline and for mentoring.  For all the mentoring awards, Dr. Bahr was nominated by her former and current graduate students.

Dr. Bahr is an internationally recognized and respected scientist in the field of reproductive biology. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her scientific contributions.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from SSR, past president of SSR, recipient of the Merck Research Award in Poultry Science and also a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association.  She has received numerous awards at the campus, college and department levels.  She was a University Scholar and a recipient of the Funk Award, the highest research award given by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  Dr. Bahr also provides service to the local community by serving on boards of not-for-profit organizations.  

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Bryant joined the Graduate College in May 2000. As Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services, she oversees career and professional development services for Illinois graduate students, providing online, workshop, and individual career advising services. In addition, she supervises other end-of-degree services for Illinois graduate students, including the appointment of doctoral committees, electronic thesis deposit, and the hooding of doctoral students at campuswide commencement ceremonies. Bryant attended Butler University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and earned her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois.

Andrea Golato

Andrea Golato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program, the European Union Center, the Center for Translation Studies, and the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her active research program in conversation analysis explores the interconnections between interaction, culture and grammar.  She has advised numerous graduate students in German and within the wider SLATE community, and has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. Andrea holds a Diplom in Translation Studies from the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz-Germersheim and a Ph.D. in German Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Slauch

Jim Slauch earned his undergraduate degree at Penn State University and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. After performing postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, he joined the Department of Microbiology and the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.  He is currently Professor, Director of the Infection Biology NIH Training Grant, and Director of the Medical Scholars Program.  His research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of Salmonella pathogenesis.  He was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and named University Scholar. Thirteen students have earned their Ph.D. in his lab.  

Linda Smith

Linda C. Smith is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She joined the faculty in 1977.  Her advising and mentoring benefit from her interdisciplinary background with degrees from four different institutions: B.S. in physics and mathematics (Allegheny College), M.S. in library science (Illinois), M.S. in information and computer science (Georgia Tech), Ph.D. in information transfer (Syracuse).  She works with graduate students on-campus (M.S., C.A.S., Ph.D.) and, since 1997, online (M.S., C.A.S.).  She is a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Section T: Information, Computing and Communication), and a UIUC Distinguished Teacher/Scholar.  She has been recognized with the Graduate College Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award (1998) and the Campus Award for Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching (2007) as well as awards from ASIS&T (Award of Merit, 2010; Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, 1987) and ALISE (Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, 2008; Award for Teaching Excellence, 1999).