Date: Thursday 2/19/2009

Location: School of Nursing @ 1701 University Boulevard, Room G023-G024

Organizers: Drs Kui Zhang, Mary Wojczynski, and David B. Allison

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Many young faculty in academia face challenges on how to advise students and fellows. Good mentoring is critical for both mentors and mentorees. This progrAM is designed to introduce strategies, concepts, and exAMples of how to be good mentors and mentorees in academia. The morning session will consist of an overview of two nationally recognized scholars on mentoring and two outstanding mentors at UAB. Afternoon sessions will consist of case studies and small group activities for discussion. Audience: All Faculty &AMp; Fellows in UAB's SOPH, all CNRU members, and all Obesity T32 fellows.

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Morning Sessions:
8:30-8:45 AM Introduction (David Allison)  
8:45-9:15AM Dr. Dale Williams
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Thoughts about Mentoring
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9:15-9:45 AM Dr. Lisa Schwiebert
Communication: The Key to Mentoring [Handout1] [Handout2]
Watch Video
9:45-10:00AM BREAK
10:00-11:00AM Dr. Juan Arratia
Mentoring Experience with Economically Disadvantaged Hispanic Minority Students
Watch Video
11:00AM-12:00PM Dr. Christine Pfund
Entering Mentoring: Learning to Become an Effective Research Mentor
Watch Video
12:00-1:30 PM LUNCH on your own
Afternoon Sessions:
Informal discussions between the speakers and the group participants about how to be more proactive as a mentor/mentoree, how to address specific concerns raised by the group participants, and discuss each other's different perspectives to these questions
1:30-3:00 PM Concurrent Session 1
Leaders: Dr. Dale WilliAMs and Dr. Christine Pfund
1:30-3:00 PM Concurrent Session 2
Leaders: Dr. Lisa Schwiebert and Dr. Juan Arratia


Juan F. Arratia, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Student Research Development Center

Juan F.Juan is dedicated to mentoring and motivating undergraduates, graduates, and pre-college students to become Ph.Ds., as well as, implementing research projects in robotics and automation, green energy, medical devices, expert system technology and environmental issues. He has established a worldwide network of research mentors in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for economically disadvantaged minority students from Puerto Rico in US mainland universities and in other countries. In November 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring during a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC.

Christine Pfund, Ph.D.

Christine P.Christine is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focuses on effective teaching and mentoring. She is involved in several funded projects, including "Improving Undergraduate Research Experiences in STEM through Mentor Training". Dr. Pfund is the Associate Director of the Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning and co-directs the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching. Dr. Pfund is a co-author of "Scientific Teaching" and "Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists".

Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D.

Lisa S.Lisa Schwiebert is an Associate Professor of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB and the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education. She is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

Dale Williams, Ph.D.

Dale W.Dale is a Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB. Dr. Williams also directs the division’s Data, Information, and Statistics Core (DISC) and its Multi-center Studies Coordinating Center (MSCC). He is a recipient of the 2008 inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.