Atlanta Society of Mentors

Founded by faculty at Emory University, the Atlanta Society of Mentors (ASOM) aims to coordinate the efforts of autonomous local institutional chapters to evaluate, implement, and foster modern and innovative mentoring practices in STEM disciplines.  With the major goals of improving the mentoring culture on campuses through recognizing and being inclusive of diverse perspectives, talent, and career interests.  We strive to provide faculty and trainees with relevant and timely professional development to improve practices and their own mentoring relationships. 

Currently, the Emory University chapter is active and a Georgia Tech chapter is under development through a collaboration of the Atlanta BEST Program and Emory’s Initiative to Maximize Student Development.   Areas of focus include monthly meetings mentor assessment, awareness of resources, a mentoring workshop series, and a mentor-certification program.

Membership in ASOM is open to all faculty members in the STEM disciplines at the participating institutions. More details to come, contact  

Emory University piloted the first series of mentor training for faculty at Emory in Fall 2016. The curriculum was based on the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)and the University of Wisconsin- Madison curriculum. This curriculum has been developed and tested through evidence based research that shows mentors who participate in these workshops improve their mentoring capacity over time. 

For Fall 2017, adjustments have been made and workshops will be inspired by NRMN and based on a book called Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny. 

Fall 2017 Mentorship Workshop Series:

 Registration now closed

All sessions will be from 1:00-2:30 in CNR 6001

  • Sept 15 - Introduction to Series – Eddie Morgan and Tami Hutto
  • Sept 22 – Principles of Crucial Conversations– Malu Tansey
  • Sept 29 – Tools for Crucial Conversations – Anita Corbett
  • October 6 - Setting Expectations – Keith Wilkinson
  • October 13 – Culture and Diversity – Eddie Morgan, Pat Marsteller and Amanda James 
  • October 20 -Professional Development – Nael McCarty 

2017 Participants

Make-Up Courses

Participants are eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation if they attend all 6 sessions of the ASOM Series, which are 1.5 hours each (9 hours total). We know that things come up and prior commitments exist that prevent participants from attending all 6 sessions. Therefore, participants are able to substitute attendance at one of the ASOM workshops that they cannot attend for attendance at a similar/relevant workshop as an "elective". Only one workshop can be counted. See Elective Form for more information. 


Participants can access materials shared at ASOM through this folder. Email Tami Hutto with any questions 

Fall 2016 Mentorship Workshop Series

Fridays from 1:00-2:00

  • August 5, Introduction to Series, Bill Kelly and Dawn Comeau
  • August 12,  Communications and Setting Expectations,  Rick Kahn and Anita Corbett
  • August 19, Diversity and Cultural Issues,   Pat Marsteller and Eddie Morgan 
  • August 26, Conflict Management and Crucial Conversations, Ned Becker and Malu Tansey
  • Sept  9, Keeping Students on Track, Keith Wilkinson and David Weinshenker
  • Sept 16, Promoting Professional Development, Nael McCarty and Cora MacBeth
  • Oct 21, Self-Awareness and Self-Management (optional), Tami Hutto

Results of Fall 2016 Series

100% of respondents said they have made or plan to make a change in their mentoring as a result of this training 

Examples of changes from respondents:

  • Use IDP more effectively 
  • Set expectations and regular communications 
  • Updated lab expectations/contract based on materials provided 
  • 37% of participants received a 2016 ASOM Certificate of Completion for attending at least 6 hours of workshops, listed below. 
Name  Title  School  Department 
W. Michael Caudle   Assistant Professor School of Public Health Environmental Health
Matt Gribble  Assistant Professor School of Public Health Environmental Health
Ellen Hess  Professor School of Medicine Pharmacology
Meleah Hickman  Assistant Professor Emory College Biology
Keith Wilkinson   Professor School of Medicine Biochemistry
Daniel Manvich  Postdoc School of Medicine Human Genetics
Shonna McBride  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Microbiology and Immunology
Eddie Morgan  Professor School of Medicine Pharmacology
Joanna Ozgo  Postdoc School of Medicine Pharmacology
Kirsten Porter-Stransky  Postdoc School of Medicine Human Genetics
Timothy Read  Associate Professor School of Medicine Medicine
Sandra Safo  Research Professor  School of Public Health Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Elena Sergeeva  Postdoc School of Medicine Emergency Medicine
Mala Shanmugam  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Hematology 
Jorge Vidal  Assistant Professor School of Public Health Global Health 
Susu Zughaier  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Microbiology and Immunology