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Evidence-Based Mentoring

East Baltimore
3rd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Friday,  3:30 - 4:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Gundula Bosch



Mentorship is a skill set that needs to be learned and continuously trained throughout a lifetime. But what is good mentorship? Many of us have experienced what it means to be mentees as well as mentors, but few were formally trained in this capacity. In this course, you will have opportunities to reflect on the characteristics of effective mentorship, analyze authentic case scenarios, exchange your thoughts with peers in a supportive community of practice, and most importantly, learn how you can grow as a mentor.

Examines the literature on evidence-based mentoring. Introduces participants to authentic mentoring situations taken from real-life cases, enriched by practitioner interviews. Discusses responsibilities, reciprocities, and trust-building in mentor-mentee relationships. Emphasizes and nurtures mentorship practices based on self-responsibility, personal growth, active listening, social intelligence, mutual support, goal setting, ethics and equitable leadership, and cultural sensitivity. Focuses on collaborative, reflective practice with the goal of developing one’s own, unique mentorship philosophy. Acquaints participants with the benefits of mutual peer support through an inclusive community of practice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the characteristics of evidence-based mentorship practice
  2. Compare the responsibilities of mentors and mentees in constructive, mutually beneficial work relationships
  3. Evaluate authentic case scenarios of mentorship-related problems with respect to considerations on effectiveness, ethics, inclusive mediation, culturally sensitive communication, and lateral leadership
  4. Formulate a growth-oriented sample mentorship contract between mentor and mentee
  5. Create a personal mentorship philosophy based on reflective practice experiences
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Discussion
  • 20% Problem sets
  • 20% Project(s)
  • 30% Final Paper
  • 15% Peer-feedback

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course is offered through the R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education