Have a Cup of Coffee on the AAR
Look for this program to resume at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston.
AAR's Have a Cup of Coffee mentoring program pairs members in need of mentoring with experienced professionals at the Annual Meeting.
How It Works
How to Apply for a Mentor
Mentee registration will open in October. Mentees will select a mentor based on availability and area of mentoring expertise. Selections are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make the impact of this program as broad as possible, mentees may select only one mentoring slot for the entirety of the meeting. Once registered, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the mentee and the mentor. Mentees are encouraged to contact the mentor in advance of the meeting to confirm plans and begin the conversation.
AAR will contribute $10 to the mentoring pair to subvent the cost of the drinks. You will need to meet at the AAR booth in the Exhibit Hall to receive the subvention.
The deadline to apply for a mentoring time slot will be announced.
The mentor is meant to be a sounding board and guide from experience. Mentors and mentees will meet once face-to-face at the Annual Meeting for an hour; there is no expectation of the mentoring relationship extending beyond this meeting unless both parties agree. The mentor will not necessarily be in the same field as the mentee and will not necessarily be available to read her or his work. The mentor will offer guidance where possible, with some of the following: professional development/ discernment, access to networks, strategizing and publication, job-seeking (including jobs outside the academy or off the tenure track), the tenure and promotion process, and work/life balance. It is appropriate for a mentor to request curriculum vitae from potential mentees. Mentors and mentees should be aware of the potential power dynamics between them and adhere to professional ethics and boundaries. All conversations are confidential unless both parties agree otherwise.
Mentors and mentees are responsible for contacting one another with any changes in plans well before the meeting. Both parties need to be aware that this mentoring program comes on top of other Annual Meeting duties and commitments; please honor one another's time accordingly. It would be helpful for the mentor and mentee to talk about mutual expectations via e-mail before they meet.
How to Become a Mentor
AAR solicited mentors from its volunteer leadership (Board of Directors, committees, and program units).
AAR seeks mentors willing to share their experience and knowledge with other AAR members. The mentor is meant to be a sounding board and guide from experience.
Mentors should have:
Mentors are welcome to mentor more than once at different times/dates over the course of the Annual Meeting.
To apply to be a mentor, please complete the application form. Information on this form will be displayed to mentees when mentee registration opens.