Research Mentor Role Description
A Research Mentor is a senior research administrator who serves as a role model and coach to an individual Catalyst in a formal relationship at the home institution. A Research Mentor should create an environment that dissolves the limitations of history, expectation and assumption. When permissible, a Research Mentor includes a Catalyst in activities that advance leadership skills and enables a Catalyst to pursue professional and personal goals throughout the year.
- Encourage a Catalyst to find opportunities that further their research impact.
- Provide opportunities for a Catalyst that empowers them to seek new or expanded leadership roles.
- Create opportunities for a Catalyst to support junior investigators and trainees.
- Provide support for a Catalyst to cultivate and utilize a broad research network.
- Encourage advocacy for research at the institution.
The relationship between Research Mentor and Catalyst is important. An ongoing connection throughout the year is necessary for a Catalyst to have the freedom to explore new ideas and test out theories and practice before putting ideas in action. A Research Mentor should support the development of a Catalyst’s network of researchers and research funders. It is highly encouraged that a Research Mentor establish a partnership with AACP staff to allow for ongoing dialogue about the topics and discussion occurring at in-person meetings.
Knowledge and Experience
- Values and ethics consistent with AACP.
- Research leadership position in health professions education or healthcare research organization.
- Knowledge of leadership theory, practice and implementation.
- Knowledge of multidisciplinary collaborative research.
- Access to University leadership for research advocacy.
- Review individual and program goals with the Catalyst.
- Assist the Catalyst in identifying program impact on the institution.
- Assist the Catalyst with application.
- Assist the Catalyst in networking within health professions education and the healthcare research community.
- Engage in discussion with AACP staff during the program year as necessary.
- Provide guidance and opportunities for continued research leadership development of the Catalyst at the home institution.