Mentoring Toolkit

The Southern Association for Women Historians has put together a Mentoring Toolkit. While it is obviously aimed at historians, there are many bits of practical advice for any job seeker, but especially the female academic.

“Higher Education Teaching Venues and Cultures” was an interesting read, though I knew much of it already. However, I may pass it on to my graduate students when I am teaching them.

“Just Say No, How to Manage Your Life Outside of the Classroom” was recommended on the Chronicle of Higher Ed fora.

Another work I will recommend is “Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals.”

Publication in peer-reviewed journals is a critical component of job-market vitae and tenure applications. Similar to presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, journal articles demonstrate ongoing research and aid scholars in honing their arguments for later publication in monographs. Despite the ubiquity of journal publication, many young scholars find the process complex and difficult to negotiate. They are unsure of their obligations as authors and have little information about the steps from submission to publication. While individual journals may impose variations in style and format, the following outline is designed to make the process more comprehensible for graduate students and new Ph.D.s.

Young scholars often submit articles derived from their work in graduate school: seminar papers, theses, or dissertations. Praise from their professors and peers provides encouragement to submit the material for publication. However, before submitting the manuscript, authors should evaluate and rework the material to meet the publication demands of the specific journal; the requirements for publication are usually different from the expectations of the classroom or the graduate committee.

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