IASPM-US Mentorship Program

by justindburton on September 21, 2012

Some exciting mentorship possibilities, from Lindsay Bernhagen:

Now that the new academic year (and job-hunting season) is upon us, I’d like to put out a second call for participants in the IASPM-US Mentorship Program.  Please note the following additions: mentees can be grad students or recent grad students who are still negotiating the job market, and we’re soliciting mentors who work outside of academia as well as those who work within!

As one of the student representatives for IASPM, I am inviting you to participate in a new initiative supporting graduate student (and recent graduate) popular music scholars.  Last spring, we established the IASPM-US Mentorship Program. The IASPM-US Mentorship Program, which is loosely based on the Preparing Future Faculty model, is designed to facilitate mentorship relationships that provide support for advanced graduate students and recent graduate students who are preparing to enter academia and other music-related careers. The program also offers current faculty and professionals a chance to directly invest in the future of popular music!

In particular, this new program is designed to assist graduate students in strategizing their professional development as popular music scholars in terms of:

  • finding and applying for jobs, fellowships, postdocs, etc.
  • compiling C.V.s/resumes and composing job letters
  • identifying appropriate venues for presenting and publishing research
  • establishing legibility (and legitimacy) to a variety of audiences/colleagues

The specific responsibilities of each member of the mentor/mentee pair are at the discretion of those involved, but please note that this program is not intended to add dissertation or thesis advising responsibilities for the mentor. It is expected that these pairings last roughly one year, though you are of course free to extend the relationship beyond that, if it suits both parties.

If you are interested in participating as either a mentor or a mentee, email your name, affiliation, whether you are a graduate student, a recent grad, a faculty member, or a professional, your preferred email address, and a brief description of career and research interests and/or the disciplines with which your work overlaps to lindsay.bernhagen@gmail.com. If you are a potential mentor, please indicate whether you would be willing to provide mentorship to more than one mentee.

Please submit your information by October 5, 2012. Hopefully this will allow for timely consultation relative to this fall’s job market!

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