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mentorship

Our mentoring program connects FEAST graduate student members with faculty member volunteers who can offer research, teaching, and/or professional career-related advice and assistance. Both FEAST graduate members who are part of feminist-friendly programs and those who have fewer links with faculty working in feminist thought can benefit from being matched with someone in their field who is willing to participate in various helpful mentoring activities (e.g., reviewing abstracts, providing reading suggestions, answering questions about publishing or job interviews). Please see below for mentoring program guidelines and information about applying or becoming a volunteer, and feel free to contact the current FEAST graduate student representative (Ezgi Sertler, ezgi.sertler@gmail.com) with any questions.

Guidelines
  1. There should be a commitment-free trial period of about three months where either party may exit the mentoring partnership for any reason.
  2. Exchanges between partners do not need to extend beyond email, which is often the most preferred communication medium.
  3. Exchanges should take place in a timely fashion. Both graduate students and faculty members have a full workload, so it is best that mentoring-related requests leave a reasonable amount of time for response and that a mentoring partner is informed of the time frame for response.
  4. Mentoring content might include the following: questions about projects, conferences, publication, teaching, job interviews, and CV; abstract reviews; idea "bouncing"; suggestions for reading; etc. While draft review is certainly encouraged, mentors should not be expected to review full drafts. However, if both partners feel that this is appropriate then feel free! Please bear in mind that only polished (rather than rough) drafts should be sent to mentors.
  5. Any and all other components of the mentoring partnership are open to creative construction!

Current Mentor Volunteers

  1. Bat-Ami Bar On (Binghamton University)
  2. Lisa Cassidy (Ramapo College)
  3. David Concepcion (Ball State University)
  4. Amy Mullin (University of Toronto)
  5. Lisa Tessman (Binghamton University)
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Volunteer for the Mentoring Program

Eligibility: Participation is limited to FEAST members who have paid their annual dues. Mentor volunteers must be tenured (given the constraints and pressures of pre-tenure existence).

Eligible members who are interested in becoming mentors should send a short email to the graduate student representative, Ezgi Sertler. The email should include, minimally, areas of specialization and interest and whether you expect your mentoring to be teaching or research-focused. Information concerning the mentoring activities for which you are available also aids in the matching process.

Mentoring program partners will be matched according to similarity of work interests and expectations.
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Applying to the Mentoring Program

Eligibility: Participation is limited to FEAST members who have paid their annual dues. In order to apply to be matched with a mentor, you must be an enrolled graduate student.

Eligible members who are interested in applying to the mentoring program should put together an application package to be sent to the graduate student representative, Ezgi Sertler.

Applications should consist of a CV, 1000 word writing sample in the area of interest, and a separate one-page explanation of interests and mentoring goals. Identification of mentoring goals is very important--if you are more interested in a mentor for your teaching-related career interests rather than research interests, for example, stating this will help to ensure that the best mentoring match is made. It is also helpful to describe some of the mentoring activities for which you hope your mentor will be available

Applications are reviewed starting on each of the following dates: September 15, December 15, February 15, and May 15. Mentoring program partners will be matched according to similarity of work interests and expectations.
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