2018-19 AAN Leadership Fellows

Started in 2017-18, the Leadership Fellows program creates partnerships between mentors (current administrators) and fellows (faculty at least 5 years post-tenure).  This program involves both a shadowing experience and work on a project developed jointly between the mentor and fellow.

Resources for Mentor Professional Development

Entering Mentoring

Entering Mentoring is a process-based mentor training curriculum developed at the University of Wisconsin and currently being used with academics across career stages and disciplines. This curriculum is being disseminated through the NIH-supported National Research Mentoring Network and can be downloaded free of charge once you create an account,

Mentoring Resources for Unit Administrators

Best practices for college/unit leaders

The “best” formal mentoring program is one that is designed to meet the needs of an individual college or unit. Different models exist and deciding which model is best requires aligning the unit’s particular needs,

Best Practices for Mentors and Mentees in Academic Settings


The “best” faculty mentoring happens when mentors and mentees are prepared and strong relationships develop.  Although there are many formal mentoring models, they all share the goal of facilitating the professional development of mentees. 

Confidentiality in Mentoring Relationships


No matter what mentor model is used, it is critically important to establish how issues of confidentiality will be handled. All academics need to work in an environment in which they can feel safe and able to address concerns without fear of retribution.

Mentor Models


A mentor model should be chosen or developed to meet the needs of a specific unit or individual. The options below include traditional approaches as well as models developed by other institutions that pulled strategies from multiple sources to create paradigms appropriate to their needs and context.