The Mentoring Project
for Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy
2nd Biennial Workshop
June 2 - 4, 2013
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Co-Directors: Louise Antony (UMass) and Ann Cudd (Kansas)
There is mounting evidence that mentoring is important for success in academia. The Mentoring Project aims to build long-term mentoring relationships between eminent senior women and junior women in the field of philosophy.
The Mentoring Project conducted its inaugural workshop in 2011 following a model designed by women in the American Economics Association, which has proven remarkably successful. The second biannual philosophers Mentoring Project will again involve a three-day workshop involving small-group intensive working sessions interspersed with plenary panel discussions on professional development and work/life issues.
Mentees will be assigned a networking group consisting of a mentor and four fellow mentees working in similar fields. Each mentor will be responsible for providing written feedback on the workshop papers of each of her mentees, and for participating in discussion at the workshop. Mentees will take responsibility for providing written feedback on the papers of their group members, and will serve as discussion leader and first reader for one paper and second reader for another. In the long term, group members will actively monitor the progress of each others' careers, offering philosophical feedback and, in the case of the mentors, advice about professional development along the way.
Women are underrepresented in the profession of Philosophy, and many explanations have been offered for this fact. Two recent special issues of journals that address this issue include a virtual issue of Hypatia and a special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy. Though there are several causes of this imbalance, good mentoring has been found to be important for success in academia, and women do not receive as much of it as men do. The Mentoring Project aims to build long-term mentoring relationships between eminent senior women and junior women in the field of philosophy.
If you would like to apply, please send your CV and an abstract of the paper you will discuss with your networking group as outlined above to both directors at the emails listed below, by Friday, February 15, 2013. Please include "Mentoring Project Application" in the subject line. In choosing a paper to discuss, you should take care to choose a paper that is squarely in the area of philosophy that you work in. We will place you in a mentoring group according to the topic of your paper, and that means that the papers you will read and comment on will also be in that area of philosophy. We will do our best to match members of the cohorts and their mentors, subject to availability and space in the workshop.
- Eligibility: Any woman entering or holding a faculty position in Philosophy at a college or university. The workshop can accommodate up to forty mentees.
- Requirements: Each accepted mentee must send to us, by May 1, a polished draft of a paper in her area of expertise for discussion in the workshop.
- Cost: There is no charge for participation in the workshop, but we expect mentees' home institutions to cover the cost of their transportation, and room and board (est. $275).
We plan to send out acceptance letters in the third week of March, and will need a response from accepted applicants by March 30.