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Identifying Your Personal Mentoring Style and Adapting to Students’ Needs

2013 Faculty Mentoring Workshop Graphic

The Practical Mentoring of Graduate Students: A Professional Development Opportunity for Graduate Faculty

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (coffee and registration begin at 8:30)
Illini Unions 314 A & B

Have you ever mentored a student and not known how to guide them? Have you sometimes felt you and your student were completely failing to communicate? Join us for this interactive half-day workshop as we explore different personality and leadership styles and implications for the graduate mentoring relationship. Prior to the workshop, you will be asked to complete the DiSC™ personality inventory to identity your own leadership type including how you respond to conflict, solve problems, and work with others. During the workshop you will not only learn about your own leadership strengths but also how to recognize other styles.  In addition, you will discover how understanding your DiSC™ profile can help you adapt your own style to improve your mentoring and enhance your students’ academic performance.

Following registration, you will be sent instructions for completing the DiSC™ assessment. In order to help us with planning, we ask that all registrants complete the online assessment by January 1, 2013

Free to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty. Lunch will be provided.


8:30       Registration and coffee

9:00       Welcome

              Debasish Dutta, Dean, Graduate College

9:05       Welcome

    Provost Ilesanmi Adesida

9:15       Understanding DiSC and what it tells you about your mentoring style

              Heath Harding, Associate Director, Illinois Leadership Center

10:30     Strategies for adapting your mentoring style to your student’s style

    Andrea Golato, Associate Dean, Graduate College

10:45     Break

11:00     Case studies: Interactive Discussions on Mentoring Styles

12:00     Lunch