Update: We have now received sufficient interest that we will begin to match mentors and mentees. However, we would also like to encourage people to continue to sign up, and we plan to launch a permanent website for the project in the near future!
Update 2: Thanks to reader feedback--and to clarify our program--we will not prioritize according to gender. Members of any gender are welcome in the program, and will be equally prioritized. We merely ask that women interested in being mentees approach The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy first (as our aim is to complement, rather than compete with, that program)!
By Helen De Cruz and Marcus Arvan
This past week, Daily Nous featured a post announcing The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy. We (Helen and Marcus) applaud this program, as there are indeed unique challenges that women candidates face on the job-market—and we think it is really great that there is a program to help women candidates navigate these challenges! It also came to light at the Daily Nous thread that there are other classes of job-candidates who might benefit from a similar program, e.g., trans* candidates (including trans men), candidates with disabilities, non-white (non-female) candidates, and candidates who lack access to adequate job-market mentoring (due, for instance, to lack of institutional support in their graduate program).
Consequently, we have decided to propose a job-market mentorship program for these individuals here at the Cocoon to complement the Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy: that is, a philosophy job-market mentoring program for those in need who cannot utilize the Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy. The aim of this mentoring project will be just what it sounds like: a scheme to enable job candidates in philosophy who face special challenges, including those with little access to mentoring (e.g., because their department or advisor does not offer this), to receive advice and support from more experienced members of the profession.