MAP Mentoring Program Directors (EXPIRED)
American Philosophical Association
|Job category||Other (non-academic) / Fixed term|
Organization based in Newark, Delaware, United States
|Start date||July 2022|
We are now accepting proposals to create seed chapters of the Minorities and Philosophy Mentoring Program. Selected applicants will join a cohort of Program Directors to complete a 4-session summer training program designed to give them all of the tools necessary to start a mentoring program for underrepresented philosophy students at their home universities. Program Directors will receive a $1,000 stipend, prepared mentoring materials, and year-long consulting sessions to support their work in launching and developing their programs.
The MAP Mentoring Program
Philosophy has a “leaky pipeline” problem. Even though the racial and gender diversity of philosophy undergraduates has been increasing, underreprsented students are still far less likely to complete graduate study in philosophy. From 2000 to 2016, the percentage of philosophy majors who identified as Black rose steadily from 3% to 13%, but the percentage of philosophy PhD recipients who identified as Black only rose from 1.5% to 4%. During that same time, the percentage of philosophy majors who identified as women rose from 35% to 45%, but the percentage of philosophy PhD recipients who identified as women remained below 35%. Thus, although the number of minority students within undergraduate philosophy programs is increasing, this growth has not shown up to the same degree at the graduate level. There is a leak in the pipeline that runs from undergraduate philosophy to philosophy PhD programs.
In order to combat this leaky pipeline, we founded the original chapter of the MAP Mentoring Program at Florida State University during the 2020-2021 academic year. Original program staffing included one Program Director and 14 graduate student mentors. The Program Director was responsible for overseeing all elements of the program, including expanding institutional support for the program, scheduling meetings to inform all team members of upcoming responsibilities, and troubleshooting any problems that arose during the creation of the program. Mentors were responsible both for forming a relationship with students in which mentees felt comfortable sharing some of the challenges and obstacles they face within philosophy and helping them reflect on and pursue various academic and career opportunities.
The first-year results of the mentoring program were promising. On an end-of-year survey, mentees had all of the following reactions to the program:
Due to the positive results of the inaugural year of the MAP Mentoring Program, we are now seeking to start chapters of the MAP Mentoring Program at three new universities. The seed chapters of the MAP Mentoring Program will be established during the 2022-2023 academic year, with all necessary preparations and training occurring during the summer of 2022.
Eligibility and Application Guidelines
In order to be eligible, applications for seed funding must satisfy all of the following:
Applicants who meet all of the above conditions are eligible to submit a proposal. Proposals should be submitted as a PDF or Word Document to [email protected] (cc: [email protected]). The deadline for submitting applications is May 27th, 2022. Late applications will not be considered, and all applications should include the following in a single document and abide by the indicated word limits:
Preference will be given to proposals that can demonstrate a strong need for a chapter of the MAP mentoring program, an ongoing commitment to serving underrepresented students, and the long-term sustainability of their potential programs.
Funding for this project was provided by the American Philosophical Association.
|How to apply|
|Email to apply|
|Hard deadline||May 27, 2022, 11:59pm EST|
|Web address for more information||https://bit.ly/3uclW0g|
|Contact name||Wes Siscoe|
|Time created||April 6, 2022, 8:07pm UTC|
|Scheduled expiry date||May 27, 2022, 11:59pm EST|
|Expired on||May 29, 2022, 12:46am EST|
|Last updated||September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC|
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This is a limited fellowship with an honorarium and workshops provided.