Call for applicants – AHA Disability History Mentorship Program 2017-2018

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Call for applicants – AHA Disability History Mentorship Program 2017-2018

The American Historical Association’s Disability History Mentorship Program is entering its third year.  We are now open for applications from potential mentors and mentees who work in disability history.

In the mentorship program, graduate students doing work in history of disability or closely related historical fields are matched with volunteer faculty mentors for the purposes of professional development. History graduate students with disabilities focusing on disability history are especially encouraged to apply.

Mentors and mentees communicate either through email, phone, or Skype in order to nurture the mentor-mentee relationship. It is the responsibility of the mentee to initiate and maintain all contact with their mentor. Frequency and mode of contact may vary, but we like to encourage approximately 1-2 hours every 4–6 weeks for at least one year.

The mentor-mentee relationship is an informal connection in which the graduate student can ask the faculty member for advice on professional issues: on how to handle challenges they may face on the job market, in the classroom, during exams, doing research, dealing with administrative roadblocks, and the like.  This is not a formal advising relationship, like that of a committee member, but rather an informal chance to learn from and make connections through more experienced, well-established faculty, especially with regard to professionalization issues. 

In addition to the mentor-mentee relationship, mentees enrolled in the mentorship program have the opportunity to participate in a peer research exchange program consisting of monthly, online meetings where students can share their work, get feedback from fellow graduate students, and network with their future colleagues. 

Who is eligible for the program?

Graduate students pursuing a PhD in history, history of science, or history of medicine with a specialization in disability history who have a demonstrated interest in developing a career as a researcher and teacher/faculty in the history of disability.
Faculty who work or teach in history, history of science, or history of medicine with a specialization in disability history who would like to mentor young scholars in the history of disability. 
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and matching is commonly subject to the availability of mentors.  Preference for matching will first be given to students who do not have access to disability historians on their campus. 

To submit your application, please go to the following URL:  https://secure.historians.org/disability/mentorship.cfm 

If you have any questions, please contact Mentorship Program Officers: Sandy Sufian (sufians@uic.edu) or Mike Rembis (marembis@buffalo.edu) of the Advisory Committee on Disability.