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On December 18, 2013, the Region II Steering Committee voted to rename the ‘Mentor Me’ program in honor of Cheryl-Lee Howard.

Learn more about Cheryl-Lee, and her sterling career in research administration.

The Cheryl-Lee Howard Mentor Me Program is a mentoring program providing educational and professional development opportunities by and for the members of the Region which will strengthen and increase the number of new and emerging leaders in research administration actively involved in NCURA. Both the Mentee and Mentor must be NCURA members in order to participate.


The Mentor Me Program provides a one-on-one, targeted approach to learning about the field of research administration and NCURA at both the regional and national levels. The program matches a Mentee with a Mentor who has complementary skills, background, and experience to assist them in identifying leadership and professional development goals and objectives. The mentee will benefit from the one on one pairing, but will also participate and draw from experiences of the group as a whole. A benefit of the program structure is connection with a group of experienced research administrators with a complement of skills.

The Mentor will also help the Mentee formulate a Leadership and/or Professional Development (L&PD) Plan, a critically important element of the Program. This Plan will include the identification of a Leadership Project, which will include a presentation at next year’s regional meeting in Wilmington, DE. Professional Development can include a career plan aimed towards promotion or for transition to a different position or on ways to improve a current position. This is a team effort between the Mentor and the Mentee.

Graduates of this program have found success both at work and using this program as a stepping stone to additional involvement in NCURA professional programs. Previous mentees have leveraged this program and the connections with other professionals to aid in promotion, volunteer in Regional and National leadership roles, leadership skill-building, presentation skill-building, job changes, enhancement of skills/knowledge, and to increase their professional network.

Following the program conclusion, exceptional mentees will have the opportunity to serve as future mentors and program leaders.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Develop a Leadership and/or Professional Development Plan, in consultation with Mentor, that includes measurable and achievable leadership and/or professional development goals and objectives

  • Be available, responsive and respectful of time commitments

  • Participate fully in scheduled phone meetings

  • Remain open to feedback from Mentor

  • Seek opportunities to continually grow professionally, and to contribute to NCURA at the regional and national levels.  This includes

    • Presenting at the 2022 Regional Meeting in Wilmington, DE, November 6-9, 2022, with or without the mentor

    • Volunteering for at least one shift at the registration desk at the 2022 Regional Meeting

  • Must have his/her institution’s written support, including partial financial support for travel to and attendance at the Region II meeting, time for participation in the May 2022 Retreat, and for their participation in this program for its duration.


  • Assist Mentee in setting his/her goals and objectives

  • Help the Mentee devise a viable Leadership and/or Professional Development Plan

  • Be accessible to Mentee based on a mutually agreed upon schedule

  • Participate in monthly calls with Program Committee

  • Enthusiastically share information, skills and knowledge

  • Provide constructive feedback

  • Serve as a thoughtful listener and supportive advisor

  • Encourage opportunities for professional growth and volunteer contributions

Mentor Me Program Committee

  • Develop Mentor Me Program, content and materials

  • Identify and recruit suitable Mentors

  • Match Mentors with Mentees

  • Help resolve issues and concerns

  • Monitor Program progress, including through monthly calls/meetings with all Mentors and Mentees

  • Provide programmatic guidance and helpful on-line resource tools

  • Annually evaluate the Mentor Me Program

  • Arrange all logistics for retreat

Timeline - 2022 Mentor Me Cycle

October 5, 2021:  Call for Mentees goes out
October 18, 2021:  Nominations/self-nominations due
November 15, 2021:  Selection and pairing by Mentor Me Program Committee. Mentees are notified of selection.
December 2021 – November 2022:  Mentor Me program timeline
May 11-13, 2022:  One and a half-day retreat partially in preparation for the Region II Regional meeting
November 6-9, 2022: Regional Meeting, Wilmington, DE, and Program Conclusion


  • What is the time commitment?

    • Twelve (12) months.

  • How much does it cost?

    • Region II covers travel and lodging for the retreat in May 2022, as well as registration fees and meals during meeting hours for the Regional Meeting in November 2022

    • Mentee is responsible for travel and lodging for the Regional Meeting in November 2022

  • How many slots are available?

    • Up to five (5) mentee slots per year.

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