NEW PhD student mentorship program

Earlier this summer, we launched a PhD student preconference in Chicago. We were lucky to have nearly 35 doctoral students and eight faculty mentors, who came together to share advice/tips on dissertation writing and the academic job market. Building on that success, we’re launching a PhD student mentorship program this year. The initiative will sustain connections made at the preconference, fostering closer partnerships between NOND faculty and student members.

We are seeking participants both as faculty mentors and as student mentees. The official call is below, with an Oct. 1 deadline. Please circulate widely within your departments/colleges.

Who

Are you a PhD student in media, communications or an allied field? Are you seeking a tenure-track position on the academic market within the next three years? Would you like a mentor to help you with navigating your time ‘on the market’? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we’d love to have you join us!

Or are you a tenure-track/tenured faculty member? Would you like to serve as a mentor for a doctoral student this academic year? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we’d love to have you join us!

What

Students will be paired with a faculty mentor (who shares research/methodological/institutional interests). Each mentor will connect with their mentee on a monthly basis, serving as a ‘helpline’ for questions related to the dissertation and job market. For instance, mentors can provide: 1) feedback on dissertation/research work in progress, 2) tips on creating stellar job application materials and 3) advice on phone and campus interviews.

We will send monthly newsletters to program participants. Finally, we will gather informally next summer in Washington at the annual AEJMC conference.

If you’d like to participate in our program as a mentee, please send the following to jboyles@iastate.edu

  • Your name, institution and expected graduation year;
  • A copy of your most recent CV;
  • A one paragraph summary of your dissertation;
  • A one paragraph summary of your career ambitions after doctoral study.

Special note for students: If you attended the NOND PhD student preconference, you do not need to send these materials again. All that is required is an email, stating your interest in the mentorship program.

If you’d like to participate in our program as a mentor, please send the following to jboyles@iastate.edu:

  • Your name, institution and job title;
  • A copy of your most recent CV;
  • A link to your faculty bio page.

Deadline for submission: October 1, 2017

Questions? Contact our NOND organizer:

Jan Lauren Boyles, Chair – Newspaper and Online News Division
Iowa State University
jboyles@iastate.edu

I am an assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University in southwest Pennsylvania. I teach graphic design, web design and photography.

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