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08.02.2019 | SSP News & Releases

Society for Scholarly Publishing Seeks Mentors and Mentees for Fall 2019 Mentorship Program

August 2, 2019 – Mount Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of its Mentorship Program. This program 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.

As the Spring 2019 cohort comes to an end, the SSP Career Development Committee is seeking potential mentors and mentees to participate in the program for Fall 2019. The next cohort will run from September through March 2020, and SSP is accepting applications for mentees and mentors now through August 16.

“SSP members at all career levels have realized how much they could benefit from having a mentor or being a mentor,” said Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director of SSP. “By developing a formal mentorship program, SSP is helping to shape the future leaders of scholarly communications through the expansion of their professional competencies; cultivating a diverse and high-quality pool of candidates in the workforce.”

Now in its second year, this exciting initiative aims to connect members of SSP for professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement. “If you’re a younger member of the publishing community interested in the mentorship program but unsure of whether it’s in your league, I’d urge you to apply anyway,” said Spring 2019 mentee, Ginny Herbert, who is the assistant editor of the Journal of Economic Literature.

Accepted participants are matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee, and expected to meet at least once per month for six months, either in-person or by teleconferencing. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. There is no cost to apply, but program participants (both mentors and mentees) must be SSP members. Please visit our mentorship page for more information about how the program works, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

SSP is also seeking sponsors for this program. Interested organizations should contact Christina DeRose at partnerships@sspnet.org.

About SSP
The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. Learn more at: https://www.sspnet.org.

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