CWWH Mentorship Program

CWWH Mentorship Program

The CWWH for the 2016 WHA conference is initiating a mentorship program for Coalition members who are either graduate students or junior faculty. The Coalition for Western Women Historians supports the advancement of scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality in the North American West and promotes the documentation of those whose diverse histories are part of the North American West. It seeks to build community and networks among women and men who emphasize women, gender, and sexuality and apply gender analyses in their research about the North American West.  This mentorship program is part of fulfilling the CWWH mission. If this mentoring program is successful, the Coalition may expand it to the larger WHA membership.

CWWH members who are graduate students or junior faculty and wish to meet one-on-one with CWWH members to discuss developing research projects, publishing one’s work, or preparing for the job market — including alternative academic positions — are encouraged to participate.  Participants must be attending the 2016 WHA Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The program will match applicants with mentors prior to the 2016 annual meeting so that the mentor and applicant can establish contact, exchange any relevant information and materials (e.g. cvs, cover letters, etc.), and arrange a meeting time and place.  Mentors commit to 30 minute meetings with mentees. Please note that the mentors will not provide writing feedback or read dissertation chapters or articles in progress. We urge members who seek writing feedback to contact Renee Laegreid <> who is in charge of the already-existing CWWH Writer’s Program.

For those CWWH members seeking to be matched with a mentor, please  fill out the interest survey at <>   We will do our best to match you with our available mentors.  Remember that not all mentors need to have the exact research interests or positions to provide useful input.

For those willing to serve as mentors during the 2016 WHA annual meeting, we ask you to fill out this survey form at < >.

Please note that we may or may not ask you to meet with a mentee depending on the number of those who seek mentors and the fit. Thank you for being willing to share the knowledge of your experience with other CWWH members!