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21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence

Hosted by the Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Johnson C. Smith University, the 21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence Conference provided a 3-day interactive summer workshop on research mentoring for retention, persistence, and development of students at UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The event featured a panel of JCSU alumni and other leaders in the field engaged in the science of effective mentorship, career management in student persistence and engagement, and a facilitated activity during which faculty and staff developed a mentoring action plan for fall implementation.

The JCSU alumni panel included participation by: Dr. Pamela Taylor, Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning & Assessment at Wellesley College, Dr. Horane Diatta-Holgate, Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Center for Instructional Excellence and the College of Agriculture Office of Multicultural Programs at Purdue University, Monique Kelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Michigan State University, Kenadee Jackson, MA student, Social Work Graduate Program at JCSU; and Korey Smith, Post-Baccalaureate and former Medical University of South Carolina, NIH-PREP Scholar.

In addition to the panel, faculty and staff were presented with tools and techniques for supporting student mentorship in research, led by Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Winsconsin and author of The Science of Effective mentorship in STEMM, Dr. Marie S. Hammond, Professor of Psychology, Tennessee State University, Dr. Ruth Greene, O’Herron Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Diane Bowles, Vice President, Government Sponsored Programs and Research, and Dr. Jonathan Smalls, Director, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Johnson C. Smith University.

The team from the Center for Career and Postgraduate Readiness participated in the event, and also engaged with faculty and staff in discussions around career management.

Purpose: Upskill faculty members’ ability to effectively lead and mentor students and research teams using evidence-informed practice.

Topics:

1. Effective mentorship in higher  education (application to African American students)

2. Facets of development:  research skills, professional behaviors & engagement, career development

3. Faculty as leaders, coordinators, and role models

4. Evidence-informed strategies and practical tools to support effective mentorship

5. Critical reflection, synthesis, and mentorship action plans for fall mentoring implementation

6. Mentor education through the NIH National Research Mentoring Network mentor training module

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