Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:00am to 4:00pm
English-Philosophy Building , Gerber Lounge (Room 304)
251 West Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242

This interactive workshop asks formal and informal mentors of graduate students in the humanities and across the humanistic disciplines to take stock of the short and long term impact of the advice offered by departments, faculty members, and others. How would mentoring change if we started with the premise that “being a professor” was only one — and an increasingly less likely — reason to undertake advanced studies in the humanities?  If we thought of mentoring as a shared responsibility for faculty, staff, fellow students, alumni, and potential community partners or employers?  After generating ideas about what good mentoring is not, we’ll explore alternatives, including resources, models, and the promise of public scholarship and other experiential pedagogies that help students find meaning, commitment, and purpose on the path through their graduate studies.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students who mentor and support graduate students, directly and indirectly, may apply to participate. We have a limited number of spaces available. Participants will receive $200 (and lunch). 

Workshop leaders: Bruce Burgett, Professor and Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and Miriam Bartha, Director of Graduate Programs and Strategic Initiatives of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. 

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