Mentorship Program

During SCP 2019, we plan to begin an SCP job market mentorship program. This program is intended to foster productive mentee/mentor relationships between doctoral students who plan to participate in the 2019 job market and assistant professors. Many doctoral students' understanding of the job market and the transition into a faculty position is limited to the experience of those within their department. While advice from one's own department is invaluable, additional guidance from assistant professors whom might have different advice and experiences can be a useful resource to help prepare students for success at the beginning of their careers.

If you are a doctoral student or assistant professor and are interested in participating in this mentorship program, you may sign up via the link below:

Time Commitment:

We want this program to be useful to both parties without creating a large time burden during an already busy time. If you would like to participate in this program we ask that both doctoral students and faculty commit to following:

  • 30-45 minute meeting at the SCP conference in Savannah, Georgia
    • Focus- getting to know one another, discussing basic concerns about the market, and creating a plan for continuing communication
  • 30 minute Skype/phone meeting prior to the student sending out applications
    • Focus- providing feedback on the doctoral student's application package
  • Availability throughout the job market period to solicit or offer guidance, depending on role
    • Open focus- address questions as they may arise throughout the process
  • 30 minute Skype or phone meeting after the conclusion of their job market
    • Focus- preparing for the transition from a doctoral student into a faculty role, tenure preparations, etc.

Beyond these guidelines, the program will be relatively informal. Schedules vary substantially from one individual to another, so it will be the doctoral student's responsibility to schedule meetings during their mentor's available time. Prior to SCP, those who have agreed to participate will be connected with their mentor/mentee and will receive recommended discussion questions for each meeting.

Note: Each assistant professor will be matched with only one doctoral student. If more doctoral students than assistant professors sign up to participate in the program (or vice-versa), mentors/mentees will be matched on a first come, first served basis.

For additional information on this program, contact .