The 6 guideline areas we currently list are a minimum set of topics that all departments should be working to address.

There are many systemic issues around departmental climate that cannot be easily addressed with these guidelines and straightforward excellence tiers. We have left these topics out not because they are less important, but rather because they are more complex challenges, and will require more complex solutions. These topics include:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Power abuses such as harassment, bullying, and assault

If your department or university already has best practices around these issues we invite you to share those with Future of Research so we can being collating resources. Email us at with “mentoring” in the subject line.

If you would like to work with Future of Research to build guidelines and best practices around these topics, or if you would like to suggest additional topics that should be covered by guidelines, please reach out to with “mentoring” in the subject line.