At ICE-4, we are organising a mentoring programme to facilitate interactions between junior and senior ecolinguists. The purpose of the program is to allow them to exchange career and research experiences during the conference. All ICE-4 participants are invited to take part in the mentoring programme. During the conference, time will be allotted for the senior-junior dyads to interact, and they are furthermore expected to attend each other’s presentations at ICE-4. The allotted time for the mentoring program will be placed on the first day of the conference (1 hour) and on the last day of the conference (1 hour).

How to register for the mentoring program

As part of the registration procedure, you are invited to sign up for the program as either junior colleague (mentee) or senior colleague (mentor). The designation of “junior” and “senior” is based on how people sign up for the program. Juniors are those who identified themselves as someone seeking guidance on particular issues and “senior” refers to those willing to share expertise and guidance – regardless of overall age or experience. However, as a rule of thumb, senior colleagues (mentors) are typically faculty members (professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers, etc.) with some experience in academia and in ecolinguistics. Juniors/mentees are typically Ph.D. students, post docs, as well as faculty members that are newcomers in the field.

When registering for the conference, you will be asked to indicate your academic background, research interests, theoretical interests, and experience (number of years). Further, you will be requested to indicate whether you prefer to participate in the program as mentor, as mentee, or as either (which will help the organisers in matching persons in relevant dyads). If you register as mentor, you will also be asked if you are willing to mentor one, two, or three junior colleagues, as we expect that the ratio of senior and junior will not allow for one-on-one sessions only, though we will aim for it.

When the registration deadline is over, the organisers will use this information to pair up participants in mentor-mentee dyads, and you will receive information on your enrolment in the program, including who your mentor/mentee is.

General Guidelines for the mentoring program

Once you have received information about your mentor/mentee, you are expected to self-organise your interaction. However, as preparation for meeting your colleague we recommend that you share information on yourselves with each other, including your CV’s, possibly a central publication, and not least topics that you would like to discuss.

Junior colleagues should come to the meeting prepared to:
  • Discuss 2-3 research or career questions with your senior colleague 
  • Talk about your research and/or teaching interests
  • Raise specific issues about teaching, research and/or career planning, including challenges you’ve faced
  • Be curious about your senior colleague’s interests and expertise
  • Explore other resources and possibilities for networking in ecolinguistics
  • Respect the senior colleagues time limitations at the meeting
  • Discuss the possibility of continuing the relationship after the conference
  • Explore possibilities for collaboration on projects in ecolinguistics

Senior colleagues should come to the meeting prepared to:

  • Explore your junior colleague’s research, teaching and/or career interests
  • Respond to specific questions about teaching, research and career planning
  • Share your experiences and expertise in ecolinguistics
  • Identify other resources and networking possibilities, including identifying other colleagues attending the meeting and potentially introducing the junior colleague to those resources
  • As a senior colleague, you are only committed to two 45 minutes meetings with the junior colleague.  If appropriate, however, feel free to meet with them more than once at the conference and provide opportunities for contact after the conference
  • Explore possibilities for collaboration on projects (when appropriate)

The two mentoring sessions are meant to be “junior colleague centered”, so both participants should be prepared to focus on the junior colleague’s interests and questions.