Iowa Mentoring Academy

Effective mentoring is key in growing our translational science workforce. ICTS is leading an initiative at the University of Iowa to implement our new Iowa Mentoring Academy.

Goals of Iowa Mentoring Academy

  • Provide resources for effective multidisciplinary mentoring for engaging in team science and conducting clinical trials
  • Provide resources for scholars along the developmental pipeline to learn how to be mentored more effectively as well as how to mentor others
  • Build a reward structure for successful research mentoring through a tiered recognition system
  • Foster a campus climate that supports and values diversity in the workforce by providing training in diversity and inclusion in the context of a research group
  • Build a cadre of trained National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) facilitators campus wide

IMA mentor and mentee training programs are building on curricula that have been developed through the NIH funded NRMNa nationwide consortium that was established in 2014 to develop and implement evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

The ICTS delivers mentor training via our MS TBM coursework as well as workshops designed for Junior and Senior Faculty on campus. Additional mentoring workshop opportunities are offered on campus via other trained facilitators and departments.

Check the News & Events for upcoming workshop opportunities.

Upcoming sessions

The  Iowa Mentoring Academy is sponsoring a fall 8-week mentoring seminar series for junior faculty. The goal of the seminar series is to identify strategies to address mentoring challenges using case studies to guide group discussions.


Sessions will be held via Zoom on Fridays from 9:00 am – 10:00 am beginning September 25, 2020 and ending November 13, 2020. Lori Adams,  National Research Mentoring Network Master Facilitator and Director of the Iowa Mentoring Academy, along with Jamie Thrams, Assistant Director of Education for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Iowa Mentoring Academy, will co-facilitate the sessions.   Participants who complete 6 out of 8 sessions will be recognized for completion of Research Mentor Training by the Iowa Mentoring Academy.


Space is limited to 25 participants.  Please register here by September 20 to reserve your spot.  If you have completed mentor training and are interested in facilitating mentor training in the future, please email


Mentoring opportunities

To find out about more mentoring and educational opportunities, contact Jamie Thrams.



Help the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa continue making new strides in medical research by citing the NIH CTSA program grant UL1TR002537.