Dear friends and colleagues,
Please see and share information below. Let me know if you have any questions at email@example.com. If you are attending the conference, I look forward to seeing you (or meeting you).
All best spring wishes,
The ASLE Mentoring Program is sponsoring one-on-one professional mentoring meetings with experienced faculty and department chairs. The one-hour meetings offer mentees an opportunity to ask specific questions about the ASLE community, preparing for the job market, working conditions at small and large institutions, the relationship between scholarship and teaching, and non-academic work options. Beginning graduate students may discuss work in the field as they begin to imagine a professional horizon beyond graduate school. Graduate students nearing completion of their programs, or those seeking academic positions, may explore questions about preparing a job portfolio or imagining faculty work in differing college and university settings.
One-hour conferences take place throughout the week, mostly during concurrent sessions that do not conflict with community events, including plenary talks and dinners. Mentors and mentees can meet at the ASLE registration desk in the lobby of the Kansas Union.
If you would like to arrange a professional mentoring meeting, please contact the coordinator of the ASLE Mentoring Program, Mark C. Long, at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> , before May 25th.
Staying Alive: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Academic Professionals
(Friday May 31: a special double session: Session 6, 8:30-10:00 and Session 7 10:30-12:00)
This in conference workshop explores the opportunities and challenges of an academic career. Workshop facilitators and participants will offer practical advice and shared wisdom for living an emotionally, ethically, and spiritually healthy life in academia. The first half of the workshop will focus on the organizing fiction of academia—the model career that holds out the promise of a fulfilling life that begins with graduate school and proceeds through temporary and tenure-track jobs to the tenure review, promotion, and retirement. The second half of the workshop will focus on stages of the academic career. Participants will share practical strategies for imagining and building sustainable professional identities in particular programs, institutions and the profession.
If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please e-mail the workshop facilitators, Mark Long (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> ) or John Tallmadge (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> ). Graduate students and younger faculty, as well as colleagues at any stage in their careers, are invited to share ideas before the conference at http://www.onstayingalive.wordpress.com and consider ways to use the online forum to continue building a sustainable vision of academic life in the years to come.