In response to continued interest, the Coalition is again offering our online mentoring program this year. A version of the announcement below about the program went out in early September, and we received many responses, but we received several more requests for mentors than we can accommodate based on the number of people who volunteered to serve as mentors. If you are able to serve as an online mentor, please contact Wendy Sharer (email@example.com), Immediate Past President, at your earliest convenience.
We welcome all who are interested, but we have particular need for scholars who can help in the following research and professional development areas:
- Article and/or book preparation, including dissertation-to-publication advice
- Time management and work/life balance
- Rhetorics of science, health, and medicine
- Feminist pedagogy
- Digital rhetorics/writing
- Administration/moving into administrative roles
My sincere thanks in advance for your assistance!
-Wendy Sharer, Immediate Past President
CFSHRC Online Mentoring Program, 2022-2023
Whether you are new to the program or are returning to it, the online mentoring arrangement is a way for us to share knowledge about research, teaching, activism, and professional development by matching mentor-mentee pairs who will collaboratively establish a schedule whereby the mentee can make good progress on an agreed-upon project (i.e., job market/prepping application materials; planning research projects/fieldwork; writing/revising materials for publication; developing a syllabus; applying for grants; etc.) within six months or less. Mentors and mentees may continue to work together beyond one six-month cycle if desired.
We want to be as flexible as possible so that mentoring pairs can figure out what works best for them, but we do offer some suggestions for getting started:
- Determine which specific project you would like to work on with a mentor, or whether you would like help with less tangible things, such as gaining confidence in coursework or dealing with challenges in your workplace.
- Determine how long you plan to commit. You may wish to start with a six-month commitment, and see how it goes.
- Determine how often you would like to check-in with your mentor/mentee. Do you want to engage weekly, bi-weekly, monthly? What makes the most sense for your goals and schedules?
- Determine which medium works best for your relationship (Zoom, WebEx, Facetime, email, phone, etc.).
Feel free to direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immediate Past President