Entering Mentoring: Assessing Understanding

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Determining whether mentees understand core concepts about the research they are doing is critical to a productive mentoring relationship, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. Developing strategies to assess how well mentees understand the purpose of their research, the principles underpinning their research and experimental techniques, and the context of their work is an important part of becoming an effective mentor. Moreover, it is important for mentors to be able to identify causes for confusion among mentees and strategies to address misunderstandings.


This workshop is an elective for the Entering Mentoring certificate of Completion.


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Mohammed Baalousha
Assistant Professor
Arnold School of Public Health 

Mohammed Baalousha is an Associate Professor in the Arnold School of Public Health. He obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine in 2001. He earned his Master’s in Applied Mechanics and PhD in Environmental Biogeochemistry from the University of Bordeaux in 2006. Baalousha completed postdoctoral research at the University of Birmingham between 2006 and 2013 and joined the University of South Carolina in 2014. He is a recipient of the 2016 NSF CAREER award and is recognized as a Trained Facilitator in the Entering Mentoring curriculum of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance. 

Jack Turner
Director of Faculty and Distance Education
College of Engineering and Computing

Jack Turner is Director of Faculty and Distance Education in the College of Engineering and Computing. He received his PhD from the University of Wales, Lampeter in 2011. He has served the University of South Carolina previously as Director of Testing, and Instructor and Coordinator for the Information Literacy program (LIBR 101) where he has mentored multiple faculty and staff in improving their teaching and leadership. Before joining the University, Turner held certification as a FEMA Emergency Manager and as a FEMA Master Trainer. He is recognized as a trained facilitator of the Entering Research curriculum of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance.