Graduate Mentorship Program

The Mass Communication and Society Division (MCS) is continuing our Graduate Mentorship Program for the academic year of 2017/2018. We are currently looking for faculty members willing to serve as a MCS mentor (faculty members from any rank or category are welcome to apply) and graduate students interested in being mentored.

Mentorships are crucial for the wellbeing of young professionals in any career. Our graduate students are the future of this field and their success depends on our willingness to provide continuous opportunities for learning and growth. Passing on information about your own experiences takes little time and effort but gives mentees the invaluable advice they crave to feel prepared and confident in their future professions. Such confidence builds career satisfaction and productivity.

Caring mentors inspire their mentees to pass along the kindness they have received, preserving our academic culture for years to come.

Information for faculty mentors:
The MCS Division is calling on faculty members willing to pass along wisdom and share career experiences with a MCS graduate student.

Applications to become a mentor need to be completed by May 27, 2017. At that time all mentor and mentee applications will be reviewed in order to assign pairs that are suitable for both parties involved in the program. You will receive contact information for your mentee by June 10, 2017 but are not required to start the mentorship process until the AEJMC Annual Conference in August 2017. Simple electronic introductions and scheduling future conversations could occur during this time period.

Mentors will be expected to provide insight and direction to their graduate student mentee at various points throughout the academic year. We also strongly encourage in-person meetings at the beginning and end of the mentorship year during the AEJMC Annual Conferences. Feedback regarding your program experience will also be requested at the end of the 2017/2018 Graduate Mentorship Program.

Tips for mentors:

 Take the time to learn about your mentee
 Listen carefully to any questions or concerns
 Be genuine and provide constructive feedback
 Remember they are not the same as you; what worked best for you may not always be best for them/their situation
 Even a minute is enough time to make a difference or to inspire when mentoring
 Mentor about all aspects of your position to foster a comprehensive picture of the profession
 As their exemplar, be mindful of your own choices and actions
 Stay positive and friendly

Information for graduate student mentees:
The MCS Division invites graduate students to join the free mentorship program and take advantage of this career building/networking opportunity.

Applications to become a mentee need to be completed by May 27, 2017. At that time all mentor and mentee applications will be reviewed in order to assign pairs that are suitable for both parties involved in the program. You will receive contact information for your mentor by June 10, 2017 but are not required to start the mentorship process until the AEJMC Annual Conference in August 2017. Simple electronic introductions and scheduling future conversations could occur during this time period.

Graduate student mentees are expected to reflect on areas in need of guidance in order to best utilize time spent with their mentor. Throughout the academic year you are able to contact your mentor when in need of advice or feedback regarding your professional progress. We also strongly encourage in-person meetings at the beginning and end of the mentorship year during the AEJMC Annual Conferences. Feedback regarding your program experience will also be requested at the end of the 2016/2017 Graduate Mentorship Program.

Tips for mentees:

 Take the time to learn about your mentor
 Be genuine and share who you are with them
 Be respectful of your mentor’s time
 Reflect on what areas that are in need of the most guidance
 Set some attainable goals for the experience
 Ask questions
 Listen carefully
 Be open-minded
 Be prepared for advice that reaches beyond an initial topic
 Sift through the advice you receive; it is ultimately your responsibility to determine what works best for you

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please fill out the mentorship program application by clicking here.

If you have questions about the mentorship program, please email Jay Hmielowski (jhmielowski@wsu.edu).