In 2015, the department formed a mentoring committee to evaluate and codify current mentoring practices and to recommend and develop new practices. As part of this process, the committee composed and distributed a mentoring survey to tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty members. Based on the results, committee discussions, and a meeting with the department chair, we have developed a number of plans and recommendations.

This page was developed out of those plans. Here, we’ll detail upcoming mentoring events, designed to address a variety of topics of concern to department members. Numerous survey respondents indicated an interest in optional workshops and speakers on the topics of professionalization, publication, and teaching. One commenter suggested that we “organize panel discussions on particular topics.” As a result, we have developed a plan of two yearly panels that will address these topics for the benefit of faculty members and graduate students. These events are described below, with panel members representing a range of specialties and ranks. We hope that both panels will provoke discussion among faculty members of all ranks, as well as a widespread attention to research, as part of the university’s drive toward Tier One status.

For additional information about these events or other mentoring practices (including resources for new faculty members), contact Joycelyn Moody or Paul Ardoin.

Mentoring Events

Faculty Workshop: "Hunks, Chunks, and Bites: Getting Your Writing Projects Planned So You Can Get Them Completed” on Friday, February 5th from 8:30 – 12:30 (JPL 4.04.12C, Faculty Center Conference Room, Main Campus). Please bring the following with you to the workshop: Planning materials, in paper or digital format, whichever will allow you to readily access them, including but not necessarily limited to: Your calendar; Your to-do list; Your project list (if you have one that is separate from what you call a to-do list); Questions about project planning, particularly related to your writing. More information and registration can be found here.

Spring 2016 panel: “How, When, Where, and Why to Publish Your Work.” Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 4-5 PM, in MB 2.404. This event will feature composition and rhetoric professor Crystal Colombini, linguistics professor Bridget Drinka, and literature professor Mark Bayer. This event is open to all faculty members and graduate students.

Mentoring Resources (about faculty and graduate student mentoring)

  • APA Guide for Mentors and Mentees
  • "The Myth of Mentoring"
  • Professionalization in Perspective
  • Report of the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study
  • "Forced Mentoring"
  • "What I've Learned about Revising a Dissertation"
  • "What I've Learned about Publishing a Book"
  • The Elements of Academic Style
  • Germano, William P. From Dissertation to Book. U of Chicago P, 2005.
  • Hayot, Eric. The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities. Columbia UP, 2014.
  • Luey, Beth, ed. Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors. U of California P, 2008.

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