Building Mentorship & Student Supervision Skills for University Faculty

Course Length: 2 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast Mentorship and Supervision and list the 5 key benefits of each
  2. Describe best practices in balancing the roles of mentor and supervisor
  3. Establish positive mentor-mentee and supervisor-supervisee relationships with healthy boundaries
  4. List the unique mentorship needs of and effective strategies for working with undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career faculty members
  5. Use provided semi-structured interviews to get to know prospective mentees
  6. Serve as an effective mentor for scholars from underrecognized backgrounds by fostering an inclusive environment which promotes diversity and recognizes power differentials
  7. Develop a culture of trust and security which prevents discrimination and sexual harassment
  8. Monitor student progress and success by establishing individual-level milestones to help them achieve their short- and long-term goals
  9. Prepare your students for post-graduation career success in academia or industry
  10. Overcome the 4 key ethical challenges you will face as a mentor and supervisor
  11. Explain how to appropriately end mentor-mentee and supervisor-supervisee relationships


Michael S. Harris, EdD is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education as well as Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University. Current Faculty Senate President and Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees at SMU, he received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Harris has extensively researched the culture, strategy, and organization of institutions of higher education, resulting in influential publications in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and Higher Education Policy. He has also reported for the Associated Press, The Atlantic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His experience in academic leadership has culminated in four books: Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally-Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success 2nd Edition (Routledge), The Qualitative Dissertation in Education: A Guide for Integrating Research and Practice (Routledge), How to Get Tenure: Strategies for Successfully Navigating the Process (Routledge), and Understanding Institutional Diversity in American Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2013). He has presented insights on university advertising, institutional diversity, and academic leadership at various international conferences and platforms like TEDx.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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