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All postdocs are mentees in some capacity and many act as mentors themselves. As such, postdoc training is a critical moment to develop and implement robust mentoring practices needed for a successful career in academia and beyond. In fact, academic institutions have been increasingly discussing the need for evidence of mentoring in promotion & tenure processes implying that mentoring will become one of the central tenets of academic success. 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers Postdoc Mentoring Training each year during the Spring Semester. Based on the Mentoring Up for Postdoctoral Trainees curriculum developed by the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, this training program is designed to guide postdocs through some of the challenges and concerns that mentees and mentors encounter in mentoring relationships.

The 2024 iteration of Mentoring Training is over. Check back in Spring 2025 for the next iteration. 

2024 Postdoc Mentoring Training

Program details

The program relies heavily on an active and engaged group learning community. As such, participants are expected to prepare, attend, and actively engage during sessions. Activities will range from case study discussions, self-reflection, reading, and discussing the tools you can use to build mentoring competencies. The program materials developed based on curricula and modules from the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research.

  • 5 sessions | Each session is 90 min | In person (in the Gillis Building, conference room 104)
  • Starts January 23, 2024| Tuesday at 4:30 PM | Every 2 weeks | Ends March 19, 2024


  • 01/23/2024 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Introduction to Mentoring Up
  • 02/06/2024 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Aligning Expectations & Maintaining Effective Communication
  • 02/20/2024 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Addressing Equity and Inclusion & Cultivating Ethical Behavior
  • 03/05/2024 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Self-Efficacy & Achieving Independence
  • 03/19/2024 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Seeking Professional Development & Work Life Integration
  • Capstone | in your own time | Articulating your Mentoring Philosophy


All University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholars and fellows are eligible to participate. The program can accommodate 20 participants and seats will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.