Meaningful Mentoring Workshop to Focus on Setting Expectations, Assessing Understanding

The Postdoctoral Program Office will offer the first Meaningful Mentoring Workshop of the year on January 31, 2019. This first session will focus on two fundamental skills in mentoring–setting expectations and assessing understanding. Future sessions to be scheduled will address maintaining communication, setting mentoring goals and basic steps in building a mentoring relationship.

The series is recommended for anyone seeking to strengthen skills as either a mentor or mentee and have more meaningful mentoring relationships. The target audience includes postdoctoral appointees, mentors and supervisors. Topics covered are applicable to non-research settings as well.

The workshop will run from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Food will be provided. All are welcome to attend. Please register through the RSVP link by January 28th.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify expectations for mentors and mentees
  • Understand the impact of misaligned expectations and making assumptions
  • Communicate expectations using tools such as mentoring compacts
  • Assess understanding through thoughtful questioning

Workshop Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Overview of mentoring, mentor/mentee roles and phases of mentoring relationships
  3. Case study exercise–challenging assumptions
  4. Case study exercise–aligning expectations
  5. Overview of tools to set and assess expectations
  6. Case study exercise–mentor/mentee misunderstanding
  7. Overview of communication tools for assessing understanding
  8. Summary and relation to core values


Kristene (Tina) Henne, PhD, is the Postdoctoral Program Lead at Argonne. In this role, she facilitates postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues. She has presented JumpStart Seminars on Mentoring at Argonne and has facilitated mentoring workshops for organizations such as the National Postdoctoral Association and the Association for Women in Science, Chicago Chapter. Henne earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University and holds certificates in Mediation Skills Training from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago.

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues.
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