Mentoring @ ACEMS

ACEMS defines mentoring as a process that involves a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helping to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person in their learning and development to formulate and achieve their goals.  Our mentoring programs occur on an ongoing basis and may have either a formal or informal structure.

ACEMS members have access to a wide range of mentoring events via their home nodes and the various professional societies and related organisations. Members are encouraged to participate in these events as well as the activities offered through ACEMS.

ACEMS facilitates a range of mentoring activities for its members, through individual meetings, cross-node visits, online forums, workshops and conferences, and Centre-scale retreats.  ACEMS members interact with other members from different nodes to discuss research talks, research posters and mentoring talks at the three ACEMS annual retreats (student, postdoc and main), at ACEMS workshops and conferences.

ACEMS plans to enrich and expand the existing mentoring activities.

The ACEMS Mentoring Plan has four main aims:

  1. To engender a community of academic and non-academic support amongst its members;
  2. To facilitate discussion and advice about broad professional issues;
  3. To develop skills in areas such as leadership, public speaking and communication; and
  4. To encourage a life-long awareness of, and participation in, mentoring.

ACEMS 7-Step Mentoring Plan

The ACEMS Mentoring Plan comprises the following seven activities:
  1. An ACEMS Alumni Program
  2. Formalise ACEMS individual-level mentoring Programs
    • Next-Level-Up Mentoring Program
    • Cross-Node Mentoring Program
  3. Mentoring events at ACEMS workshops and retreat
    • The ACEMS Mentoring Seminar Series
      • Encourage an informal online mentoring forum on Slack #mentoring
      • Identify national and international engagement opportunities
      • A mentoring program for ACEMS Professional staff

      ACEMS 2018 Mentoring Series (coming up in April)

      Previous Mentoring Sessions

      Building a positive mentoring relationship

      In this mentoring series video, ACEMS Director Peter Taylor talks about the ACEMS Mentoring program. In addition, he describes his mentoring experiences and what he believes works and doesn't work in a mentoring relationship.

      (click on image of  Peter to watch video)

      Let's talk about equity, diversity, and harassment

      In this mentoring series video, ACEMS Deputy Director Kerrie Mengersen talks about the ACEMS' Equity and Diversity program. She also looks at the issue of harassment, and the different types of harassment people might face in the workplace. Finally, Kerrie also talks about the ACEMS Code of Conduct, and what is expected out of ACEMS members.

      (click on image of Kerrie to watch video)

      What goes on in Canberra when the ARC College of Experts gather to decide which researchers and projects get funded?

      ACEMS Chief Investigator Kate Smith-Miles, from The University of Melbourne, is a member of the College, and provides some insight into how the ARC College of Experts makes its funding recommendations.

      (click on image of Kate to watch video)

      For the complete document on ACEMS Mentoring, click here:

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