Next Step Coaching Initiative for Mentoring Program Participants (M&M and GMP)

The Next Step Coaching initiative utilizes coaching skills and approaches to augment mentoring relationships between professional engineers (Purdue engineering alumnae in corporate, academic, government and non-profit positions) and our undergraduate (M&M) and graduate (GMP) student mentoring program participants. Mentoring and coaching relationships overlap in significant ways, such as building a relationship based on mutual trust and respect.  

To help catalyze our coaching pairs in getting to know each other, as well as building an maintaining a relationship that works for both members, we include some resources below.  Additional Tips:

  • If you are not able to meet in person, we do suggest video chat as the next best way to build a relationship - facial expressions and body language are very important to coaching and to relationship-building in general.  
  • Over time, you will figure out what communication methods work best for your pair.

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc., regarding Academic Coaching, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Next Step Coaching Coordinators for the program you are participating in:

            Graduate Mentoring Program (GMP):  wiepmm@ecn.purdue.edu

            Pair Mentors & Mentees (M&M):  wiepair@purdue.edu

            Group Mentors & Mentees (M&M):  wiegroup@purdue.edu

How Can I Learn More About and Practice Coaching Skills?

  • Short videos demonstrating coaching  in action in both an academic-related situation and a personal situation – starring Dr. Jennifer Groh and PhD candidate Jen Kahn
  • Webinar presented by Dr. Groh on academic coaching (~50 min) – resource coming soon…
  • Powerful questions to ask of those you coach, advise, mentor, etc.

How Can I Find Useful Mentoring-Related Resources

Sponsored by:

Martinson Family Foundation

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