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 email@example.com.
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
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
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|
List of Faculty mentors who have attended at least 9 hours of formal mentor training through ASOM
|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|