Mentorship is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor.
This exciting initiative aims to connect members of SSP for professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement. Learn more about the benefits of an SSP mentorship below.
The next cohort will run from September through March, and applications will open in September 2023.
SSP is deeply committed to fostering a community that supports and benefits from the talents of scholarly publishers from a wide range of backgrounds. We believe that our community must center diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and we strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply as mentors or mentees.
There is no cost to apply, but participants (mentors and mentees) must be SSP members. Read on for more information about program details and eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
About the Program
The SSP Mentorship program connects professionals at all career levels. It provides mentors and mentees opportunities to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations. In addition, it enables established professionals to serve as mentors as a way of giving back to the industry and paying forward the support and guidance they received during the development of their careers.
The program aims to connect SSP members for professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement. We strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply as mentors or mentees.
Mentorship is a proven approach to advancing one’s career, particularly for those new in their field or place of employment. Mentorship goes beyond training and education by helping newcomers sometimes navigate confusing or complex situations. Mentors and mentees can be of any age or career stage.
Mentors benefit by giving back to the field, enjoying the satisfaction and impact of sharing their knowledge and experience, expanding their networks, and learning new things from their mentees. Mentees benefit from new perspectives on their work, expanding their networks, gaining a sounding board for ideas and projects, and increasing their sense of self-worth.
Mentorship can help scholarly publishing professionals identify potential career paths by expanding their knowledge of career options within the industry and providing learning experiences outside their workplaces. It can help shape future leaders of scholarly communications by expanding their professional competencies and cultivating a diverse and high-quality pool of workforce candidates. Mentorship is a critical component to attracting a more diverse workforce. By providing opportunities for professionals new to scholarly communications to make new contacts and feel welcome in our community, participants are supported in efforts to keep our community growing by recognizing differences as an opportunity to learn.
How It Works
Mentors and mentees apply online to participate in a mentorship cohort. The Career Development Committee matches mentees and mentors. Professional development activities are unique to each mentoring relationship and are enhanced by group meetings with all participants in a cohort.
A mentor can have multiple mentees, but a mentee can only have one mentor per cohort. A member can be a mentor and a mentee simultaneously. First-time participants will be given preference for open spaces. Interested members should apply via an online application. Members can reapply for each cohort; however, first-time mentees will be given precedence.
Mentors and mentees must agree to abide by the SSP Mentorship Code of Conduct. The mentor and mentee should meet at least once a month but can meet more frequently if they choose. The suggested meeting length is 30-60 minutes. Meetings can be in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. In addition, the mentor and mentee are also required to attend the orientation and virtual discussion groups.
The Mentorship Program Handbook provides guidance for mentors and mentees as they navigate the Program.
- All participants, mentors, and mentees must be current members of SSP.
- All membership types, including post-secondary student members interested in publishing/library sciences, are eligible to participate in the program.
- Mentors are required to have at least three years of experience in scholarly communication.
- Interested members must apply to participate in the program. A limited number of places per mentorship cohort are available.
- We strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply as mentors or mentees.
- First-time mentee applicants will be given precedence over those having participated previously in the program as a mentee.
- Applications must be received by the deadline for consideration in a given mentorship cohort.
Supporting the SSP Mentorship Program
SSP would like to thank program sponsors, American Geophysical Union and ITHAKA.
For organizations interested in supporting the SSP Mentorship Program, $1,000 sponsorship packages are available. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please download the SSP Media Kit or contact Kristen Totaro at email@example.com.
The Mentorship Program is made possible by the Generations Fund. Generous donations from members and industry endow the Generations Fund to allow SSP the resources, in perpetuity, to continue this program. Click here to learn more, or make a gift to help us reach our $500,000 goal.