These annotated inventories describe many of the programs and opportunities at Emory. Please be aware, however, that they are works in progress and may not be complete. We ask that if you notice any missing elements, please let us know! You can enter a “comment” on this website or email Robyn Fivush directly at Thank you!

I. Student/Alumni Mentoring
Coordinated in each school with the Emory Alumni Association

Laney Graduate School

The Alumni Mentor Program matches graduate students with alumni for informal mentoring and professional guidance. Mentors provide guidance in CVs, work/life balance, negotiating salaries, etc. The program’s aim is to facilitate the transition from graduate program to the job market and global networks by giving students a diversity of perspectives that reach beyond faculty mentorship. Within the Professional Development Support office.

Contacts: Katie Busch and Robin Harpak.

The Laney Graduate School Executive Council is preparing to develop a mentoring project for the 2014–15 academic year. It will focus on the relationships between faculty and graduate students, as well as graduate students mentoring undergraduate and professional students. Contacts: Cathryn Johnson, LGS Sr. Associate Dean; Barry Ryan, LGS Executive Council Chair.

Goizueta Business School

The mission of the Goizueta Mentor Program is to help students bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds through the practical insight, coaching and experiences of alumni. This program matches students with experienced professionals for career and life guidance and development, while offering alumni an opportunity to strengthen ties to Goizueta Business School. In addition to the relationship between mentor and protégé, there are also events throughout the school year to meet other alumni, professors, and students. The Business School also offers eMentoring and Group Mentoring opportunities.

Contact: Adrienne Jaroch.

Rollins School of Public Health

The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) Mentoring Program is an annual program that matches public health professionals with students to enhance professional development, promote conversation and communication, and increase knowledge of public health as practiced in the community. Program has a mentor workshop to help alumni know what mentoring requires and a schedule of workshops and meetings throughout the year.

Contacts: Michelle James and Claudia Ellett.

Law School

The Alumni Relations and Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy staff at Emory Law recognize that the best mentoring and advising for law students often evolves organically through activities that bring current students and alumni together around topics of shared interest. The Career Center introduces students to particular areas of law through a program of 23 practice societies that offer panel presentations, networking receptions, and small group gatherings to connect them with practitioners who may become mentors and counselors as they start to pursue their professional interests. Students are also exposed to a network of potential mentors through clinical field work and through student organizations with strong alumni advisory boards such as the law journals, the Moot Court Society, the Emory Law Supreme Court Advocacy Project, and the Black Law Students Association. To allow for student-alumni interaction on a broader, more general scale, Emory Law launched “Ask an Alum,” a subgroup of the main Emory Law LinkedIn group, in which alumni identify themselves as willing advisors to law students who wish to reach out to them.

Contacts: Lydia Russo and Cecily Craighill.

Oxford College

The Mentor Program matches Oxford sophomores with alumni professionals who provide career advice. The program started in 2008.

Contacts: Tammy Camfield, senior director of alumni relations; Shira Concool, coordinator, career services.

Nursing School

Though the Nursing School does not currently have a formal mentor program that pairs students with alumni for the entire year, the school hosts programs throughout the year to provide opportunities to connect alumni and students. One such program is called “speed mentoring.” With this program, students and alumni sign up and students are paired with alumni based on their interests for an opportunity to meet with alumni in one-on-one short segments, followed by a networking reception to continue the conversations. The school also hosts various student and alumni networking nights throughout the year, and has connected students to alumni on an individual basis based on their interest in moving to a specific location or finding a job in a certain specialty following graduation.

Contacts: Arnita Howard and Elizabeth Powell

Emory College
Emory College does not have a formal student-alumni mentor program. Several years ago, Kate Lawlor administered a formal program, with mixed success. When her position moved from Emory Alumni Association to the College development office, the program moved with her and they discontinued it. Currently, the development office tries to create organic opportunities for students to make connections with alumni. One way: they invite current students to faculty breakfasts for alumni. They organize shuttles and work with campus partners to publicize the breakfasts and get students there to meet alumni. Since the breakfasts are around an academic topic, they draw together students and alumni with shared interests, which eases conversations.

Contact: Kate Lawlor.

Other Alumni Association Services Related to Mentoring

Alumni directory

Provides contacts for network building and possible informal mentoring opportunities.

Networking events

Alumni Association periodically hosts alumni-student and alumni-alumni networking events that could facilitate informal mentoring.

EAA Contact: Carolyn Bregman

II. Emory College Undergraduate Student Mentoring and Academic Support

In the Office for Undergraduate Education. Contact: Dee McGraw

Academic Advising

As part of Academic Advising and Support Programs in the Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE), Academic advisers work closely with students, faculty and academic deans to provide group and individual academic advising, and to explain and interpret academic policy.

Contacts: Carlton McClendon, Asst. Dir. 7-8339. Senior advising: Kate Doubler, Asst. Dir. 7-6755.

PACE, Pre-major academic advising/Orientation

The Pre-Major Advising Connections at Emory Program (PACE) is a multifaceted academic advising support system that serves first-year students until they declare a major before the end of their second year. Prior to their arrival, incoming students are matched with a faculty adviser and peer leaders who help them acclimate to college life, find their passions, and plan for academic and career success. The Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE) and Campus Life supplement this advising team and provide educational panels, programs and sessions throughout the first year. These informational meetings serve to further connect students to campus resources and help them identify avenues for academic and personal growth. First-year students enroll in PACE 101 and receive one semester hour of academic credit toward their Emory College degree for successfully completing the program.

Contact: Jason Breyan, 7-9321.

EPASS Peer Tutors and Mentoring

EPASS Peer Led Mentoring Groups are based on Collaborative Learning, a successful instruction method in which students work in groups toward a common academic goal, provide an opportunity to work together to explore important concepts, review class notes, discuss reading assignments, practice test-taking strategies, and prepare of examinations. Sessions are facilitated by an Emory undergraduate student recommended by faculty and trained in group facilitation skills.

Contact: Julie Loppacher, Asst Dir, 7-6425.

Pre-Health Mentoring

The PreHealth Mentoring Office at Emory integrates and enhances the undergraduate pre-health experience. Pre-health mentoring offers programs, advising, and materials that will help students achieve health science career goals. Through mentoring, the pre-health office will helps integrate the research, academic, clinical, service, and study-abroad experiences that students need to successfully apply to health-science professional schools and careers.

Contacts: Shana Webb, Asst Dir, 7-2750, Dean Shari Obrentz, 7-5110.

Pre-Business Mentoring

Incoming BBA students are assigned an academic advisor upon entrance to the business school. The academic advisor will assure that the student is making satisfactory progress toward the BBA degree and that course selection is appropriate for educational and professional goals.

Pre-Law Mentoring

Located in The Career Center, the Pre-Law Advising Office has a mission to educate Emory’s pre-law students and alumni about pursuing legal career pathways and prepare them to be successful in the law school application process. The Pre-Law Advising Office serves three main functions for Emory pre-law students – Advising, Programming, and Communications. The Office in the Career Center is managed by the University Pre-Law Advisor, who is there to provide guidance through this process.

Contact: the Career Center 404.727.6211.

Academic Fellows Program (International Students)

The Academic Fellows Program provides upper-class student mentors to first year international students. Mentors contact entering international students after their admission to Emory to answer questions and direct them to academic and other campus resources. Each mentoring group meets four or more times per semester, often during strategic times in the semester, such as before midterms and pre-registration periods. The informal nature of the group meetings allows opportunities to make the acquaintance of other students, share experiences, and socialize. Mentors are not advisors, but provide links to the wide array of resources on campus and also help international students understand the culture of Emory College.

Contact: Tammy Kim, Learning Specialist.

ESL Services

Offers ESL support, tutoring, and writing assistance.

Contact: Jane O’Connor, Dir. 7-5300.

SIRE, Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory

SIRE promotes undergraduate research projects through grants, faculty-student research partnerships, and summer research stipends, offering advantages to both students and faculty. SIRE has Graduate Fellows who advise undergraduates on research, and a Research Partners program, in which students are matched with faculty for a one-year partnership.

Contact: Jacob Shreckengost, Dir, 7-9485. 

SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Research Mentor Program

SURE has a program in place to assist undergraduates find research mentors for summer projects.

III. Campus Life Undergraduate Mentoring/Advising

Contact: Bridget Guersney Riordan

Office of Residence Life and Housing

Provides advising, education, and programming for positive living-learning experiences. Resident advisors and sophomore advisors mentor residents.

MORE Mentor Program

MORE (Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory), is a program designed to assist first-year students with their transition to college life. Incoming students who are accepted to the MORE Program will be paired with upper-class student-mentors who will help guide their first steps into Emory. In addition, students are grouped in “families” made up of other mentee-mentor pairs.

Office of Health Promotions

A variety of health support programs that engage students in the work of creating a healthier campus, building individual capacity for health and advocating for students in times of crisis. Active minds, Grief Support, Counseling Center, Sexual Assault Prevention.

Office of Student Leadership and Service

Student organizations and Greek organizations provide support and informal mentoring.

Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life

Coordinates programs from which mentoring grows: Safe Space, discussion groups, queer connections. Queer Connections events are attempts at addressing students’ expressed interest for mentorships with queer faculty. In previous experiences with mentoring programs, the LGBT Office found that is challenging to get both faculty and students to commit to “formal” mentoring programs. Queer Connections, including Queer Eats and Queries meals, the Out @ Work panel, and the other “Out in…” networking nights, are attempts at creating environments where informal mentoring relationships can form between students and staff.

Contact: Danielle Steele, Asst. Dir.

Career Center

Offers career counseling and pre-professional advice for undergraduates, professional, and graduate students.

Contact: Paul Fowler, Exec Dir 7-6211.

IV. Junior Faculty Mentoring

Information from “A Culture of Mentoring” Document (2008)*

Contacts: Deb Houry and Pamela Scully, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Emory College

Informal mentoring at the departmental level, but relationships are not tracked or measured to determine effectiveness.

Goizueta Business School

Junior faculty receive research mentoring from previous faculty advisors, but no mentoring in teaching or career development. Mentoring not tracked or measured.

Law School

Some informal mentoring takes place, but nothing organized or tracked.

Medical School

The SOM is currently working on developing a Mentoring Academy and encourages mentor relationships at the departmental level. SOM offers a 5-month developmental course for junior faculty, which helps them identify mentors. Many of the departments have formal mentoring programs in place, with determined goals, events to facilitate goals, and metrics: Cell Biology, Emergency Medicine, Human Genetics, Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physiology, and Hematology/Oncology, Biomedical Engineering (with GA Tech), Ophthalmology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Radiology. In some departments, programs have new faculty orientation, a website listing research opportunities, a course in research design and grant writing, a course in executive leadership. Some departments give mentoring awards as incentives. The dean does not assess the success of these programs as a whole. Sources: Deb Brunner, Debra Houry.

Emory Center for Injury Control

A mentoring program that pairs faculty mentors with mentees across universities in the Metro-Atlanta area to develop networks in the injury prevention field.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing has a recently developed formal mentorship program.  The program focuses on a standardized process for both faculty mentorship and mentees.  The aim is to develop resources and consistent processes for mentorship training, mentorship teams, interactions, expectations, mentorship evaluation and evaluation of mentee progress.  Source: Deb Brunner.

Oxford College

A mentoring program was initiated in 2009. Pre-promotion faculty members attend breakfast meetings twice a semester with academic deans and invited guests. Faculty Advisory Committee meets with new faculty to advise them of their rights and responsibilities. Professor Emeritus William McKibben serves as a teaching mentor, visiting classes and offering feedback. Much informal mentoring occurs, since the faculty and campus is small.

Public Health

No formal program, but the school takes steps to make sure junior faculty are mentored. When hiring, the school looks for new faculty that could be benefited by senior collaborators already at the school. Offers a mid-course review after 3 years, on the school and department level to assess progress toward tenure. The Executive Associate Dean meets annually with non-tenured tenure track faculty. Faculty observe their peers’ teaching and write for their teaching portfolios. There is no formalized measurement of success.


No formal program, but two types of informal mentoring. First, upon hiring new assistant or associate level professors, the dean may assign a faculty mentor. This relationship has no defined length or responsibility expectations. Second, the school has a peer review process (distinct from promotion and tenure process) that facilitates mentorship. This is a collegial process. It does not create long-term mentoring, though.

*The “Culture of Mentoring” Study and Document proposed a timeline of goals to produce stronger mentoring programs and resources, as well as an “Academy of Mentors” organization to recognize outstanding faculty mentors, but these initiatives did not happen due to the economic downturn in 2008.

Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Pilot Mentoring Program

Designed to enhance the development of individuals (mentees) through a group mentoring relationship with peers, facilitated by a senior faculty member. Together they will focus on informal meetings and networking as well as more formal professional development opportunities. This pilot program will run from January through May 2014. Mentees drive the mentoring relationship through their own needs, goals, and time commitments.

V. Faculty and Staff Mentoring (Human Resources)

Mentor Emory, Learning and Organizational Development

Staff mentoring program, established in 2002 upon the request of the Commission on the Status of Women, to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles at Emory. In 2007 the target audience was expanded to include male and female staff members. With this change, Mentor Emory participation increased by 58%. The revitalized Mentor Emory program is an integral part of University’s Leadership Development Initiative. With the expanded programming and audience, Mentor Emory continues to provide individuals with one-to-one partnering that enhances the growth of the mentee and the mentor.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program

Offers a variety of support services for faculty and staff – mental health, organizational, etc.

VI. Other Mentoring Programs

Senior Mentor Program, School of Medicine Center for Health in Aging

The Emory Senior Mentor Program of the Emory University School of Medicine and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing pairs students in medical fields with active adults 65 and older, providing an opportunity for future health care providers to learn more about communicating with older adults, to interact with seniors on a social level and to dispel stereotypes about aging.  Mentors have the opportunity to positively influence the ability of these future providers to care for seniors in a sensitive and compassionate way.