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Objectives and rules

Objectives & Rules The practice of mentoring exists since ancient Greece. Indeed, the word “mentor” comes from the homeric character of Mentor. In the Odyssey, goddess Athena used to take the appearance of an old man, named Mentor, with the purpose of guiding and supporting Telemachus, Odysseus’ son, during the difficult years of absence of his beloved father. Mentor was for Telemachus not only a guide but also a protector, a friend, a teacher and especially a parental figure ready to take any risk for the wellness of Odysseus’ son.

The Young-ISSNAF Mentorship Program aims at supporting and guiding young Italian researchers in North America in their career choices and professional growth by matching mentors and mentees within ISSNAF network.

While mentorship is a well-developed practice in most Institutions, the Young-ISSNAF Mentorship Program offers junior faculty an external independent support of highly experienced Mentors who share the same cultural and personal background with the Mentee.

The Young ISSNAF Mentorship Program envisages two level of commitment:

1. SHORT-TERM MENTORSHIP:: the aim is to offer tips and practical advices responding to specific questions or concerns such as “How can I run this experiment?” or “Where is the best American center for the study of Italian poetry in the Middle Ages?”. Short-term mentorship requires no more than 1 or 2 contacts between Mentor and Mentee. ISSNAF Staff will act as a matchmaker and may mediate the contact between Mentor and Mentee.

2. LONG-TERM MENTORSHIP: the aim is to serve as career advisory and to promote professional growth possibly not only in USA and Canada but also in view of returning to Italy. Contacts between Mentee and Mentor will be more continuative and direct.

Process
Potential Mentees apply on-line at www.issnaf.org by compiling a Mentorship Request in the reserved area.
Applicants will be required to indicate a short list of potential Mentors. ISSNAF Staff will select applications and reserves the right to decline applications.
Feed-back questionnaires will be sent to both Mentees and Mentors to monitor the effectiveness of the program and keep it up-to-date and effective.

Mentee profile
Mentees must be Italian researchers under 40 years of age affiliated from at least one year to a North American Institution. Applicants must be ISSNAF affiliates and will be required to upload a full CV.

Mentors profile
All Mentors are recruited among ISSNAF affiliates at the academic rank of “full professor” or “associate professor”.
NOTE: Mentees are encouraged to search through the ISSNAF database to select a wider range of potential Mentors.

 

 

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