Welcome to Faculty Mentor Resources

Career Success guides students and postdocs to the resources they need for planning and professional development, and it provides tools for creating and storing individual development plans and professional portfolios. This section of the Career Success site provides web resources for students and faculty members about mentorship. In addition to this site, these two documents provide a thorough overview and introduction to our resources and career planning programs:

Graduate Brochure 

  Graduate School Career & Professional Development Resource Guide


 

Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

 

  Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan: Essential Career Competencies for PhDs



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Graduate School Programs

 

PREP  Wellness PhD Career Services Teaching Resources

Mentoring Tools

Mentoring ToolsThese links provide information for faculty members mentoring current students, postdocs, and potential student recruits.

GradPlan: The web-interactive system for PhD students to create and store their PhD Degree Plans and subsequent graduate program activities.  User guides for faculty and staff are linked to the web page.  Eventually, this will replace all Reports of the Guidance Committees and will be the pathway for final degree certification for PhD students.
 
Annual Reviews: Does your department have a form it uses for annual progress reports for your advisees? You might consider these evaluation forms recommended by the University Graduate Council.
Do your students need courses that aren’t available at MSU?  Several cooperative arrangements make it possible for students to register for courses at other institutions receive credit at MSU.
 
Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS): Students in good standing are eligible to elect courses at several graduate schools in Michigan with the approval of both the home and the host institutions.
 
Committee on Institution Cooperation Traveling Scholar Program (CIC): This cooperative agreement enables doctoral students at any CIC university to take advantage of educational opportunities at any other CIC university without change in registration or increase in tuition.
Do you know your college’s or department’s plan for required Responsible Conduct of Research Training?  MSU requires that all students be trained under the plan approved for your unit.
 
All Approved Responsible Conduct of Research Plans: This resource compiles each MSU unit's approved plan.
 
Graduate School Responsible Conduct of Research Workshops: The Graduate School offers an annual series of workshops on Research and Scholarly Integrity.
 
Epigeum Online Research Integrity Courses: MSU has partnered with other Michigan and international universities to support the development of 5 on-line courses through Epigeum addressing research integrity.  All are free to students and faculty through D2L.
Code of Teaching Responsibility: This document dictates the expected duties and responsibilities of all instructors.
 
Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, and publications. It describes procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct and for providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases. It also defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances.
 
Graduate Employees Union Contract: The GEU contract dictates terms and conditions of employment for graduate teaching assistants at MSU, and includes agreements on rates of pay, hours, health care, and procedures for the resolution of differences.
 
Health Insurance Benefits Associated with Teaching Assistantships: This resource details the health insurance options available to MSU Teaching Assistants.
Academic Programs: Research Assistantship Policies: This document outlines the responsibilities associated with MSU Research Assistantships.
 
Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, and publications. It describes procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct and for providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases. It also defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances.
 
Graduate Employees Union Contract: The GEU contract dictates terms and conditions of employment for graduate teaching assistants at MSU, and includes agreements on rates of pay, hours, health care, and procedures for the resolution of differences.
 
Health Insurance Benefits Associated with Research Assistantships: This resource details the health insurance options available to MSU Research Assistants.

Policies and Guidelines

Policies and GuidelinesThese links will direct you to important MSU documents relating to graduate students, mentoring, research, and teaching. They include official university policies and guidelines, as well as best practices.

Academic Programs: Graduate Education: Academic Programs is the listing of programs, policies and related information for all students at MSU. This section pertains solely to graduate education.
 
Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, publications, the formulation of regulations governing student conduct, providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases, and defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances.
 
Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities: The MSRR contains guidelines to the rights and responsibilities of medical students in matters of conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, employment, procedures for adjudicating medical student disciplinary cases, and an outline for channeling medical student grievances concerns for appropriate action.
 
Law Student Rights and Responsibilities: This document and related documents contain guidelines to the rights and responsibilities of law students in matters of conduct, professionalism and ethics, academic pursuits, keeping of records, and employment.
 
MSU Student Rights and Responsibilities: This report (along with the GSSR document and the MSRR and LSRR documents) contains guidelines to the rights and duties of students in matters of conduct, academic pursuits, the keeping of records and publications.
 
Graduate Employees Union Contract: The GEU contract dictates terms and conditions of employment for graduate teaching assistants at MSU, and includes agreements on rates of pay, hours, health care, and procedures for the resolution of differences.
 
Procedure to Have Non-Regular MSU Faculty, Academic Specialists, and Non-MSU Individuals Serve on Graduate Committees: This document outlines the procedure to have non-regular MSU Faculty, academic specialists, and non-MSU individuals serve on graduate student committees.
 
Health Insurance Benefits Associated with Graduate Assistantships: This resource details the health insurance options available to MSU Graduate Assistants.
Guidelines for Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Relationships: These guidelines are intended to foster faculty-graduate student relationships that are characterized by honesty, courtesy, and professionalism, and that provide students with intellectual support and guidance.
Guidelines for Integrity in Research and Creative Activities: These guidelines are intended to promote high professional standards based on sound disciplinary practice, fairness, equity, and respect—practiced by faculty, staff, and students alike.
 
Responsible Conduct of Research Plans: This a complete listing of specific requirements for research integrity training for graduate students in each college and/or department.
 
Guidelines on Authorship: This document serves as a general guideline for consideration of important issues surrounding authorship as scholars construct a piece of work for public distribution. (Note that some programs have their own written policies.)
 
Institutional Data Policy: This policy establishes minimum requirements for the appropriate stewardship of Institutional Data. (Departments and labs may have their own additional requirements.)
 
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee: The IACUC advises the University President and the Institutional Official regarding all aspects of the responsible use of animals in university research and instructional activities.
 
The Human Research Protection Program: The HRRP’s primary mission is the protection of individuals who are the subjects of research. MSU has established three Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that have oversight for all research conducted under its Federal Wide Assurance.
 
Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities: This report details the procedures for the investigation and evaluation of alleged or apparent misconduct in order to safeguard the integrity of research and creative activities at MSU.
Code of Teaching Responsibility: This document dictates the expected duties and responsibilities of all instructors.
 
Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, publications, the formulation of regulations governing student conduct, providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases, and defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances.
 
Graduate Employees Union Contract: The GEU contract dictates terms and conditions of employment for graduate teaching assistants at MSU, and includes agreements on rates of pay, hours, health care, and procedures for the resolution of differences.
 
Health Insurance Benefits Associated with Teaching Assistantships: This resource details the health insurance options available to MSU Teaching Assistants.
Academic Programs: Research Assistantship Policies: This document outlines the responsibilities associated with MSU Research Assistantships.
 
Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records, publications, the formulation of regulations governing student conduct, providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases, and defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances.
 
Graduate Employees Union Contract: The GEU contract dictates terms and conditions of employment for graduate teaching assistants at MSU, and includes agreements on rates of pay, hours, health care, and procedures for the resolution of differences.
 
Health Insurance Benefits Associated with Research Assistantships: This resource details the health insurance options available to MSU Research Assistants.

Graduate Student Development

Graduate Student DevelopmentThe Graduate School and its partners offer many career and professional development resources for graduate students and postdocs, which complement the advising and training they receive in their departments. For a listing of upcoming workshops and programs, visit our events calendar. For a thorough overview of what we offer, see the Graduate Brochure. Explore the following sections for a summary of our resources:

Career and Professional Development Workshops: The Graduate School and its partners offer workshops throughout the year, most of which are free for graduate students and postdocs. Highlights include the job preparation series, PREP key skills series, teaching seminars, and wellness programs and events.
 
Responsible Conduct of Research and Creative Activities: With the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, we offer a workshop series that highlights key principles of research integrity and emphasizes that research and scholarly integrity is a fundamental characteristic of quality research/scholarship in all disciplines.
 
Epigeum Courses in Research Integrity: MSU has partnered with other Michigan and International Universities to support the development of five on-line courses through Epigeum addressing Research Integrity from the perspective of individuals in Natural & Physical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Engineering & Technology.
 
Teaching Assistants Program (TAP): TAP is MSU’s nationally recognized Teaching Assistant Program that provides a wide range of resources, services, and programming in support of the teaching and learning development of all MSU Teaching Assistants (TAs).
 
Inside Teaching MSU: Inside Teaching MSU is a community of graduate students and postdocs who are interested in talking with peers and faculty about their experiences learning to teach. The community interacts through social media outlets (twitter.com/insideteaching & facebook.com/insideteachingmsu) and in-person gatherings.
 
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL): CIRTL is an NSF-funded, national network of 22 universities collaborating to enhance the preparation of future educators in science-based disciplines.  Local and network-wide opportunities for coursework, workshops, and exchanges are available throughout the academic year.
 
Teaching Essentials for Careers in Higher Education (TECHE): TECHE is a set of eight on-line courses available to MSU graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, and featuring international experts on education. They offer practical exercises, reflection, and resources for everyone from new instructors to practiced professors. 
 
Certification in College Teaching Program (CCTP): The CCTP is an initiative of the Graduate School, in partnership with MSU Colleges, that helps graduate students and postdocs organize, develop, and document their teaching experiences. Through a series of focused workshops, a class on disciplinary teaching methods, and a mentored project, participants will build and consolidate their preparation for college and university teaching. The program culminates with the development of an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty.
 
Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellows: The FAST Fellowship program is a training opportunity sponsored by the Graduate School and the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). The FAST Fellowship Program provides opportunities for a diverse group of graduate students to have mentored teaching experiences and to gain familiarity with materials on teaching and assessment techniques.
 
RCAH Graduate Fellowship Program: The Residential College for Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School jointly sponsor graduate fellowship programs for doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, engagement, and assessment in higher education. Each fellow undertakes a year-long project aimed at contributing directly to the scholarship of teaching, especially in the humanities, language proficiency, visual & performing arts and civic engagement.
 
Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program (IIT): The IIT fellowship program seeks to enrich the professional development experience of graduate students by placing them in an environment with a tradition of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Fellows work with James Madison faculty and engage in structured discussions about pedagogy and practice, interdisciplinary course design and curriculum development and general interaction with undergraduates.
 
Graduate Certification in Community Engagement: This certificate program prepares students for academic and professional careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. The Certification is designed to help graduate and professional students develop systemic, thoughtful, and scholarly approaches to their community engaged work.
Competency Assessment Tools: This resource offers an online self-assessment of professional skills.
 
Create a Plan: This resource allows saving of completed assessments, resources, and upcoming events in your personal plan. Additionally, it can help students create an annual individual development plan.
 
Conflict Resulution: This site provides essential information about MSU's nationally recognized conflict resolution program.
 
Teaching Resources: The Graduate School and Postdoctoral Office at Michigan State University provides support for the unique teaching needs of graduate students and postdocs.
 
Graduate Life and Wellness: The Office of Graduate Student Life and Wellness provides this website as a handbook to graduate student life and wellness at Michigan State University.
 
PhD Career Services: PhD Career Services, together with the MSU Graduate School, provides multiple online resources, as well as workshops and advising, to support the many paths graduate students choose to pursue.
 
Epigeum Online Research Integrity Courses: MSU has partnered with other Michigan and international universities to support the development of 5 on-line courses through Epigeum addressing research integrity.  All are free to students and faculty through D2L.
Graduate Writing Groups: Run through the Writing Center, graduate writing groups are open to all MSU graduate students.
 
Dissertation Support Groups: Facilitated by Counseling Center staff, these dissertation support groups run for 6 weeks, and follow a solution-focused model that utilizes short-term goal-setting in order to facilitate and maintain progress in the writing of the dissertation.
Buddy Program: The Buddy Program pairs international TAs with domestic undergraduate students so that the ITAs can learn more about undergraduate culture in the United States and practice their spoken English skills..
 
Technology Enhanced Accent Modification (TEAM) Program: This program partners TAs who are non-native speakers of English with undergraduate native speakers, and together they work through a computer program designed to help fine-tune their accents so that they can be more clearly understood.  
 
Pronunciation Workshops: Offered in spring and fall semesters, these workshops provide practice in fine-tuning your accent.
 

Using Career Success in Advising

Career Success guides students and postdocs to the resources they need for planning and professional development, and it provides tools for creating and storing individual development plans and professional portfolios. The site allows them to:

EVALUATE SKILLS they have and identify which ones they need.

Find resources, programs, and events to help them START PLANNING their career.

CREATE A PLAN for annual and multi-year development, and document their success in professional portfolios. Plans and portfolios can be saved and shared with mentors.

Access TOOLS FOR SUCCESS in teaching, wellness, and conflict resolution.