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Formal Mentoring at AFS Annual Meeting

Friday, November 30, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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AFS is currently experimenting with formal mentorship programs at the annual meeting and beyond. At this year’s meeting in New Orleans, AFS organized two trial mentorship activities for students. The first was a shadowing program pairing graduate students with advanced scholars based on similarities in interest, creating opportunities for conversation over an extended period of time. Students shadowed these senior scholars for half of a day, allowing them to get to know better the scholars with whom they were paired, and allowing the scholars to get to know students from institutions other than their own. Participating senior scholars included Katey Borland, Sabina Magliocco, Carol Edison, Carolyn Ware, Erika Brady, and Kurt Dewhurst. The second activity was an AFS-sponsored student luncheon with Jim Leary, current co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore. Interested students met with Dr. Leary to ask questions, discuss the publishing process, and sound out ideas for their own work. A number of students from a range of institutions—including Western Kentucky University, the University of Oregon, the Ohio State University, Indiana University, Memorial University, and Utah State University—participated in these activities.

AFS plans to continue these programs next year through a formal application process. Look for the application forms on the website this spring during registration; the number of spots will be limited. If you have other ideas about mentoring, please send them along! 

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