The Graduate College Mentorship Certification (GCMC) is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively be mentored and serve as a mentor in higher education settings. Once accepted into the program, participants must attend all mandatory cohort meetings, serve as a mentor in some capacity throughout participation in the program, complete a minimum of 5 approved campus workshops, and then complete mentorship portfolio. The mentorship portfolio is comprised of 3 parts: 1.) Individualized Development Plan (IDP); 2.) Diversity Statement; and 3.) self-reflection of the mentoring process throughout the program duration. The GCMC workshops are designed to foster intellectual discussion of ethical issues in mentoring, as well as to provide insight and training on best mentoring practices.
Statement of Intent, which addresses the following question: Why do you believe that gaining skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective mentor will help you obtain your professional and career goals? Please limit the response to a single page.
The completed application packet is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019. It must be submitted to the front office of the Graduate College (FDH #352). Once applications have been reviewed and approved, accepted GCMC applicants will receive an email confirmation of admission to the GCMC via their Rebelmail account.
All program requirements need to be completed in full by the student in order to complete the program, receive a certificate of completion, and have the GCMC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.
Once accepted into the program, participants are expected to serve as a mentor in some capacity. This could include, but is not limited to, being a mentor to a graduate student from a more recent cohort; an undergraduate student; or an individual affiliated with a club/organization/religious institution that participants are members of.
Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a meeting at the end of the academic year.
Students must attend a minimum of 5 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms.
GCMC students must complete all components of the mentorship portfolio, which include:
Scholarly Diversity Statement
Individualized Development Plan (first draft will be due during the fall semester)
Self-reflection of the mentorship process during the program duration (e.g., what the mentor did; how the mentorship improved over the year; and how it benefited the mentee)
Students must submit the GCMC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester in order to receive credit for workshops attended during the respective semester. For the fall semester, the form should be submitted by study week. For the spring semester, the form should be submitted by the final cohort meeting when the teaching portfolios are presented. This form must be submitted even if no workshops were completed during the semester.
Finally, GCMC students must submit their mentorship portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). They will provide feedback on another program participant’s portfolio. In addition, they will also receive written feedback from a program participant as well as general feedback from a Graduate College Faculty Fellow.
Portfolios need to be submitted by: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Written evaluation of another program participant’s portfolio needs to be submitted at the final meeting
Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GCMC.
Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort.
All cohort meetings are mandatory.
If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GCMC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.
These workshops are free.
No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCMC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GCMC must be completed within one year (program duration).
Students may only get credit for GCMC workshops that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GCMC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
GCMC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts.
All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. If you miss a cohort meeting, without prior permission, you may be removed from the program.
Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2019-2020 GCMC cohort:
End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., TBD
Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., TBD
Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m., TBD
Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule
The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College Teaching Certification. You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. A full list of Spring 2019 workshops can be found on the Graduate College Student Workshop Calendar.
Students are allowed to participate in multiple programs each academic year. However, the requirements for each program must be completed in full. We will allow one workshop to overlap for multiple programs if: 1.) there is justification that the workshop makes sense for multiple programs; and 2.) the student has asked the program manager in advance.