How to Be a Great Mentor

Speaker: Todd Leff, Associate Dean, Wayne State Graduate School 

The mentor-mentee relationship is an important component of most academic and workplace environments and occurs in different forms. In addition to the typical academic mentor/mentee relationship, mentors also exist as informal advisors, supporting individuals through various life experiences. Unfortunately, few of us have had any kind of training on being an effective and fair mentor. 

This session will provide an overview and best practices for mentorship, including what the role of a mentor should be and the advice that mentees often seek. Plus, you will learn the boundaries that should be observed in any mentoring relationship. 


Todd Leff

Todd Leff

As an associate dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Leff oversees the review of new graduate programs and the Postdoc to Faculty Transition program. Dr. Leff is also the director of the Ph.D. program in the department of pathology at the School of Medicine. Dr. Leff joined the Wayne State faculty in 2012. His research is focused on the molecular biology of diabetes and obesity, and on the effects of environmental contaminants on metabolic health.

Event recording

Interpersonal relationships
Career development


  • Research
  • Doctoral students
  • Master's students
  • Prospective students

Format: Virtual
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom


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