CeMENT: Mentoring for Junior Faculty


Workshop for Faculty in Doctoral Programs:
January 8-10, 2017 in Chicago, IL

The CSWEP CeMENT workshop for faculty in doctoral programs is aimed at mentoring female faculty in tenure-track positions at PhD granting economics departments in the U.S. or at institutions with similar research expectations.

The workshop will consist of a two-day program, beginning directly after the 2017 ASSA meetings in Chicago, IL. The ASSA meetings end at 3 pm on Sunday, January 8th. The workshop begins at 4pm that evening and ends at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 10th. The AEA will pay for participants’ lodging and food during the workshop, but attendees must arrange their own transportation.

As in the previous programs, participants will be arranged into small groups based on their research area and will interact with each other and with senior (tenured) faculty mentors. Group members and mentors discuss and offer feedback on the participants’ research.

In addition, the workshop includes a number of larger how-to sessions on topics such as: publishing, developing a tenure case, writing a grant, effective and efficient teaching, conferences and networking, and work/life balance.

For more information on the CeMENT experience, including research evidence showing statistically significant improvements in top-tier publications and the receipt of federal grants as a result of the workshop, click here.
For a list of previous mentors, click here.

Past workshop participants have received binders of professional development materials relating to publishing, teaching, grants, and other relevant topics. CSWEP is now making these materials available here.

How to apply:

Applications will be accepted until September 10, 2016.

To apply, send an email using the following information:

  • To: simonkos@indiana.edu
  • Subject: Firstname Lastname CeMENT Application.
  • Attachments (in PDF format):
    1. A C.V., which includes:
      • Date you received your PhD
      • Research area(s)
      • Current position
      • Label the file: lastname_cv.pdf
    2. One-page statement describing your research. This statement is used to create groups with similar research interests. It should contain:
      • A brief 1-2 paragraph statement that describes your areas and topics of research and your methodological tool(s)
        • e.g. reduced-form empirical, structural, DSGE, time-series, theory, field surveys, experimental
      • Detailed descriptions of individual papers are not necessary.
      • Important: at the top of your research statement, please clearly indicate which 2 (list first and second choices) of the following 7 areas most closely describes your research field within Economics:
        • Development
        • Environment/Energy
        • Experimental/Behavioral
        • Health
        • Industrial Organization
        • Labor/Public
        • Macro
      • It may be helpful to see the mentor list link above for examples of past mentors by field to get a sense of the division of topics.
      • Label the file: lastname_research.pdf

You will be informed of your participation status by the end of October. Our expectation is that, as was the case in past years, the number of qualified applicants will far exceed capacity of the workshop (which is approximately 40 junior participants per workshop). In this case, workshop participation is determined by random selection. Those who were randomized out last year receive priority in the next year as we no longer have an evaluation component to the workshop.

We are excited about the opportunity to continue CSWEP’s tradition of mentoring female junior faculty. We hope you will apply, and look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops.


CeMENT Mentoring Workshop for Faculty in Non-Doctoral Programs
June 23-24, 2017, San Diego, CA

The CeMENT mentoring workshops are funded by the American Economic Association to help female junior economists overcome the tenure hurdle. The CeMENT workshop for faculty in non-doctoral programs will be held immediately before the next WEAI meetings in San Diego, CA on June 23 and 24, 2017. The June 2017 CeMENT workshop is geared toward female junior economics faculty in departments that do not award Ph.D.s in Economics.

At the mentoring workshops, participants are arranged into small groups based on their teaching/research areas and matched with a senior mentor. The format and curriculum are designed to create and cement relationships among the participants, as well as between the participants and the mentors. Small and large group sessions will address issues such as identifying successful teaching strategies, tips from journal editors, networking strategies, work/life balance, and issues regarding the tenure process.

The workshop will consist of a two-day program, beginning immediately before the 2017 WEAI meetings in San Diego. It begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 23 and runs until 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 24. The AEA will pay for participants’ lodging and food during the workshop, but attendees must arrange their own transportation.

Past workshop participants have received binders of professional development materials relating to publishing, teaching, grants, and other relevant topics. CSWEP is now making these materials available here.

How to apply:

Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2016.

There are two steps in the application process:

  • Complete the online application.
    • The online application should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
  • Send an email using the following information
    • To: aowen@hamilton.edu
    • Subject: Firstname Lastname CeMENT Application
    • Attachments (in PDF format):
      1. A C.V., which includes:
        • Date you received your PhD
        • Research area(s)
        • Current position
        • Label the file: lastname_cv.pdf
      2. In 500 words or less, describe your primary research and teaching areas.
        • This statement is used to create groups with similar research and teaching interests. It should be a brief 1-2 paragraph statement that describes:
          • Areas and topics of research
          • Methodological tool(s)
          • Up to three courses that you consider your primary teaching interests
          • Detailed descriptions of individual papers or courses are not necessary
        • Label the file: lastname_interests.pdf
      3. In 1,500 words or less, describe your best classroom practice.
        • Examples of these may include a successful teaching style, a classroom experiment, a grading method or a unique project. In order to provide some consistency, please include the following information as individual subsections:
          • Institutional Description (type of institution, teaching load per semester/quarter)
          • Class constructs (class level and size, prerequisities, course title, course objectives)
          • Pedagogical practice (goal, description, benefits/costs, student reaction, what you would do differently)
          • Include supporting handouts when applicable
        • Label the file: lastname_teaching.pdf

Applications must be complete by December 1, 2016. You will be informed of your participation status by the end of January.

We are excited about the opportunity to continue CSWEP’s tradition of mentoring female junior faculty. We hope you will apply, and look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops.