Need A Mentor?

To paraphrase Kerry Ann Rockquemore, faculty talk about mentoring and hope we all mean the same thing “when we know we don’t.” She advocates that faculty focus on what they need, and how to meet those needs. The CFDE maintains a database of faculty who are willing to meet the needs of other faculty such as:

  • Helping you learn to manage your time (balancing service, teaching, research; performing those tasks efficiently)
  • Accountability for writing and research projects
  • Specific feedback on proposals, manuscript drafts, and new ideas
  • Safe space for discussing unique and individual experiences without being invalidated or questioned
  • Advice on talking with the media

Rather than trying to find that one unique person who meets all of your mentoring needs, a better approach is to build an expanding network of people who help in a variety of ways. To this end, if you would like to be connected to a mentor – or more than one – please contact CFDE director Eric Weeks and let him know what would be beneficial (

  • A broad list of topics for which we have mentors is here.
  • If you are looking for a guest speaker for your class, the list is here.
  • If you would like to be added to our list of mentors, please fill out this five-minute survey.
We realize that mentoring someone takes time and will limit our requests for your help.  This survey is so you can indicate your interest, but it does not commit you to anything. 

(The sales pitch at the start of this article is based on Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s weekly email from November 1, 2021. If you would like to receive her helpful weekly advice in your email inbox, go to to sign up for her weekly emails. Emory has an institutional membership with this organization and anybody with an Emory email address can sign up for her emails and participate in webinars. Dr. Rockquemore is the founder of this organization.)

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