Starting in Fall 2020, the American Musicological Society will launch a pilot Sustainable Mentorship Program (SMP), designed to provide robust support to members transitioning from graduate student to a variety of career paths. The SMP is targeted at musicologists who fall along the continuum of ABD status to the first five years post-degree. Mentees must apply to the program. Participants will be selected by lottery, with strong efforts made to encourage the inclusion of members of historically underrepresented groups. Two mentoring sections will be offered this year and prospective mentees must apply to a specific stream. The first, “Diverse Careers: Identifying and Finding A Career for You,” is aimed at musicologists engaged in or exploring the diverse range of career options available to musicologists.  The second, “Publishing (and not Perishing) in Academic Musicology,” is primarily aimed at junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars.

From October 2020 until October 2021, mentees will attend regular, virtual meetings facilitated by experienced mentors. Participants will learn valuable skills for building momentum and perseverance in order to achieve their professional goals. Mentees will receive regular feedback and participate in activities to improve professional skills. This year, the SMP will also host a digital networking event held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Mentees chosen for the SMP will have meeting registration fees waived.

Any musicologist who falls between ABD status and the first five years post-graduation is eligible to apply. This includes students, part-time/adjunct instructors, pre-tenure faculty, and/or those working in careers beyond the professoriate. Members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The application form for the SMP is deliberately short and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. The form will close on 31 August 2020, 11:59pm ET. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 September 2020.

2020–2021 MENTORS:
Rob Pearson, Emory University
Emily Wilbourne, Queen’s College and the CUNY Graduate Center

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