Micro-mentoring is an innovative approach to mentoring that allows opportunities for individual faculty members to seek guidance from other faculty, from within or outside of their division or department, for a specific, well-defined need over a short period of time, typically one or two 1-hour long meetings. Faculty may seek mentoring on a number of professional development needs from a pool of mentors with diverse specialties and experiences to gain new, varied perspectives. Micro-mentors benefit from being able to provide guidance in an area of their mentoring specialty in a time-limited relationship, potentially supporting multiple mentees, including those within and outside of their division or department. The SMHS Micro-Mentoring Resource is intended to support faculty seeking mentoring, while complementing existing resources available at the department and division levels.

Topic Areas for Micro-Mentoring

Volunteers to serve as micro-mentors are solicited among full-time, regular faculty who have at least five (5) years of service to GW and are willing to provide short-term mentoring on their preferred area of mentoring specialty, for example:

  • Clarifying academic and professional goals
  • Developing a teaching portfolio
  • Developing a research agenda/focus
  • Establishing research collaborations
  • Selecting service opportunities
  • Building a professional network
  • Learning how to mentor others (e.g., students, research team)
  • Responding to feedback (teaching, patient care, leadership)
  • Understanding the academic promotion process
  • Finding work-life balance
  • Handling workplace politics
  • Managing expectations
  • Fostering professional development and improvement as an educator
  • Fostering professional development and improvement as a researcher
  • Fostering professional development and improvement as a clinician
  • Fostering professional development and improvement as a leader


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