case western reserve university

Center for
AIDS Research


Mentoring of Junior Faculty

Faculty mentoring is an important component of the Case CFAR, and is administered by the Developmental Core. The program is designed to encourage the development of junior faculty who are interested in HIV/AIDS research, by providing guidance in the areas of grants, research, and publications. The program is designed to complement and not replace the extensive faculty mentoring efforts at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, which take place in faculty home departments. What makes our program unique is that we try to provide specific advice concerning HIV/AIDS research opportunities. However, as in any mentoring activity, our mentors strive to facilitate and develop enduring, collegial relationships that allow junior faculty to plan, learn, collaborate and grow.

Who are CFAR mentors?

CFAR mentors are senior investigators with established track records of success in research and in publication. They are recognized in their field, cognizant of the role and requirements of being a mentor, interested in their mentee's professional growth and development, and willing to provide support and encouragement, commit time and attention to the mentoring relationship.


Junior faculty who wish to participate in the faculty mentoring program are asked to complete a brief application, and return it to Brinn Omabegho at The Core's Director, Dr. Jacek Skowronski, with the assistance of the Review Committee, will then match the mentee's priorities and research focus with appropriate senior CFAR members. Mentors are then asked to make initial contact with the mentee either by phone or email. It is anticipated that, at the first meeting, information is exchanged regarding professional background and experience, and also research interests, to establish a common ground upon which to build. For additional topics of discussion during mentoring sessions click here.
The mentor will also help the mentee to establish a Research Development Plan. The Research Development Plan must be specifically tailored to the mentee's needs with the ultimate goal of achieving independence as an effective researcher, and should include:

Research Goals:Please succinctly describe your research goals for the next 5 years

Research Objectives:For each goal, please specify 2-5 objectives that, when met, will result in your achieving your research goal

Research Experiences: For each research objective, please indicate any activities/projects that will assist you in meeting that objective.

Both mentor and mentee share common responsibilities, which include:

  • Meet regularly
  • Ask for and providing feedback
  • Listen actively and with an open mind

In addition, mentees are expected to:

  • Ask their mentor for guidance
  • Articulate their needs
  • Take responsibility for their actions and decisions
  • Be accessible
  • Network with other faculty both within and outside of Case
  • Maintain confidentiality

For more information on the Faculty Mentoring Program, please contact: Brinn Omabegho, CFAR Coordinator, at or call 216-368-3915.

A copy of the application may be obtained by clicking here.