The organizers of the SCiL 2020 Workshop on FLT in Linguistics are calling for mentors and mentees for mentoring sessions that are part of the NSF-funded workshop.
These are no-strings-attached events in which junior colleague mentees are paired up with senior mentors to discuss problems and questions they may have concerning their future career. This includes but is not limited to graduate or job applications, work/life balance, developing a career as a member of an underrepresented group, and/or choosing between careers in industry or academia.
As the theme of the workshop is FLT/computational linguistics, we also hope that you can discuss the particulars of working in this subfield: how and where to publish, the challenges of job searching/promotion/tenure as an interdisciplinary researcher, and how to communicate your work to linguists/computer scientists/other computational linguists. We are loosely modeling these sessions on the successful COSWL PUMP sessions (https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/coswl-pop-mentoring-program). Mentors will include workshop organizers and participants.
We are planning three mentoring sessions: one “virtual” session before the conference, one informal gathering (e.g. a lunch or happy hour) during the conference, and another virtual session in the weeks following the conference. Participation in one does not necessitate participation in the others.
If you are interested in being a mentee, please fill out the questionnaire here: https://forms.gle/VfWSK5X4fAkmLod77
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email Adam Jardine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are more than welcome to sign up as both a mentee and a mentor!