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 thutto@emory.edu.  

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.

The Fall 2018 workshops are 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.  

2018 Fall ASOM Mentoring Series for Faculty

Register here

This series is open to all faculty in STEM disciplines who work with PhD students and postdocs. The focus is on the faculty mentor- student/postdoc trainee relationship. Email thutto@emory with any questions

WHEN: Fridays at 1:00-2:30

WHERE: Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Room TBD; Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Rd

  • Aug 3: Intro to Series and Principles of Crucial Conversations
  • Aug 10: Tools for Crucial Conversations 
  • Aug 17: Setting and Managing Expectations 
  • Aug 24: Exploring Culture and Diversity 
  • Aug 31:  NO SESSION – LABOR DAY WEEKEND
  • Sept 7: Facilitating Inclusive Environments

Faculty Participation

Participants came from diverse SOM departments Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Chemistry, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering

  • All GDBBS programs had at least one participant, additional program included Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Psychology.
  • Postdocs came from a variety of departments Cell Biology (1), Physiology (1), Microbiology and Immunology (1) and Global Health (2).
Series Year Total Sessions Certificate of Completion  Total Participants  Grad Students Faculty Postdocs
Fall 2016 PhD Students/Postdocs 7 9 26 21 0 5
Fall 2016 Faculty/Postdocs 8 16 43 0 37 6
Spring 2017 Georgia Tech Faculty 7 11 22 0 22 0
Fall 2017 Faculty 6 17 29 0 16 0
Fall 2017 PhD Students  6 5 17 17 0 0
Totals 34 58 137 38 75 11

List of Faculty mentors who have attended at least 9 hours of formal mentor training through ASOM

Name  Title  School  Department  Series Year 
Andrew Jenkins Associate Professor School of Medicine Anesthesiology 2017
Bernardo Mainou Assistant Professor School of Medicine Pediatrics 2017
Bo Liang Assistant Professor School of Medicine Biochemistry 2017
Byron Au-Yeung Assistant Professor School of Medicine Immunology 2017
Christine Dunham Associate Professor School of Medicine Biochemistry 2017
Daniel Manvich  Postdoc School of Medicine Human Genetics 2016
David Civitello Assistant Professor Emory College Biology 2017
Eddie Morgan  Professor School of Medicine Pharmacology 2016
Elena Sergeeva  Postdoc School of Medicine Emergency Medicine 2016
Ellen Hess  Professor School of Medicine Pharmacology 2016
Graeme Conn Associate Professor School of Medicine Biochemistry 2017
Haydn Kissick Assistant Professor School of Medicine Urology 2017
Joanna Ozgo  Postdoc School of Medicine Pharmacology 2016
Jorge Vidal  Assistant Professor School of Public Health Global Health  2016
Joshua Chandler Assistant Professor School of Medicine Pediatrics 2017
Keith Wilkinson   Professor School of Medicine Biochemistry 2016
Kirsten Porter-Stransky  Postdoc School of Medicine Human Genetics 2016
Kristie Cunningham Assistant Professor Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine 2017
Mala Shanmugam  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Hematology  2016
Matt Gribble  Assistant Professor School of Public Health Environmental Health 2016
Meleah Hickman  Assistant Professor Emory College Biology 2016
Pat Marsteller Professor of Practice  Emory College Biology 2017
Penelope Howards Associate Professor School of Public Health Epidemiology 2017
Rita Nahta Assistant Professor School of Medicine Pharmacology 2017
Samantha Yeligar Assistant Professor School of Medicine Pulmonary 2017
Sandra Safo  Research Professor  School of Public Health Biostatistics and Bioinformatics 2016
Shonna McBride  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Microbiology and Immunology 2016
Susu Zughaier  Assistant Professor School of Medicine Microbiology and Immunology 2016
Timothy Read  Associate Professor School of Medicine Medicine 2016
Vijaya Kancherla Assistant Research Professor School of Public Health Epidemiology 2017
W. Michael Caudle   Research Associate Professor School of Public Health Environmental Health 2016