Mentorship Program

The Association's Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Mentorship Program to take place at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Detroit. The committee invites mentors and mentees to sign up for the program. In 2016, for example, we matched approximately forty-five mentees with great mentors in various departments across presses of all different sizes and scopes. But don’t just take our word for it…

“I’m so grateful to the [Association's] mentorship program! I was paired with Dawn Durante, someone who started off as an editorial assistant (like me) and is now a senior acquisitions editor. She has been a fantastic resource, full of advice for navigating academic publishing. I’ve moved on to a new press and a new role in marketing, but I still keep in touch with Dawn—something that I hope continues for many years.” – Emily Powers, Beacon Press

“I was paired with Emily Powers at AAUP 2015. We hit it off immediately! We stay in touch via email and Twitter, and we have made it a point to see each other when our paths cross at conferences. It has been fulfilling to hear about her career advances and to offer support and advice whenever it was helpful. Our pairing has grown into a real friendship, and to think we might never have met if not for the mentorship program!” – Dawn Durante, University of Illinois Press

The mentorship program facilitates communication throughout the conference by linking those new to the profession with mid- and senior-level colleagues. Mentors advise mentees on getting the most value from the conference, introduce mentees to colleagues, and discuss mentees’ career goals. Mentees are encouraged to talk with mentors about challenges and opportunities in today's publishing workplace.

The program requires very little time commitment. Mentors and mentees will be introduced via email prior to the meeting, and encouraged to meet up at the Newcomers’ Reception and other free times during the conference. Pairs determine the amount of interaction prior to, during, and after the meeting. Mentors and mentees can determine how much they will correspond at the conclusion of the event.

Virtual Mentoring! If you are not attending the meeting, you can still be paired with a mentor or serve as one, in recognition that not all are able to attend the annual meetings—and our professional networks extend all over the world. The deadline and surveys to express interest in the 2019 mentorship program are the same for both Detroit and virtual mentorship.

If you would like to participate in the mentorship program, please fill out the appropriate survey below to indicate your areas of professional interest or expertise, which the committee will use to match you. The last day to complete a survey will be May 10, 2019. Participation in last year’s program does not prohibit participation this year, either as a mentee or a mentor.

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