In collaboration with the Diversity Roundtable, the executive board has updated the DGfA/GAAS Mentoring Program. By October 2023, our website will feature a list of experienced colleagues – usually full professors – who are available for mentoring. The offer is geared toward PhD students and post-doctoral colleagues in German American Studies who have specific questions about their careers, academic publishing, etc. We welcome everyone who would like to become a mentor or mentee, but the GAAS is particularly interested in offering support to scholars who experience marginalization due to race, ethnicity, class, gender and/or sexuality, care responsibilities, and/or disability.

As a first step, we are looking for future mentors. If you would like to serve as a mentor, please contact executive_director@dgfa.de with your full name, discipline, university affiliation, email address, link to your professional website, and a short outline of your specialization and/or research focus (no more than 50 words). The mentoring conversations should be conducted online or by phone. The Association will consider requests to cover travel expenses if both parties deem an in-person meeting necessary.

The mentors agree to

  • be available for one-time mentoring conversations online, by phone or in person,
  • advise mentees on career planning, professional aspirations, and strategies to navigate the academic universe,
  • give feedback on professional materials such as cover letters, cvs, resumes, and to consult on job interviews or the preparation for hearings,
  • specifically take into consideration the experiences of disadvantaged or underrepresented scholars.

Please note:

Mentor and mentee can agree to extend their mentoring relation after a first conversation, but the focus of this measure is on short and goal-oriented conversations. Long-term mentoring programs are offered by many foundations and universities (More here: https://www.bildungsserver.de/mentoring-programme-fuer-nachwuchs-wissenschaftler-innen–3941-de.html; https://www.arbeiterkind.de/wir-unterstuetzen-dich/im-studium).

Once we have a set of potential mentors, we will publish a list on our website with program information, contact details, and links. Mentees can then contact these persons directly. If a mentoring relationship is established, a mutual agreement has to be signed by both parties. All parties have to agree to abide by a code of conduct which will be also made publicly available. Inappropriate requests or interactions should be reported to executive_director@dgfa.de and/or any of the co-speakers of the Diversity Roundtable.