CeMENT: Mentoring for Junior Faculty


Workshop for Faculty in Doctoral Programs:
January 6-8, 2019 in Atlanta, GA

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.

Call for CeMent applications

The CeMent workshop will consist of a two-day program, beginning directly after the 2019 ASSA meetings in Atlanta, GA, and ending at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 8th. The AEA will pay for participants' lodging and food during the workshop, but attendees must arrange their own transportation. Participants will be arranged into small groups and assigned to mentors based on their research area. 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 past 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.

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.

Applications will be accepted starting on June 20, 2018 and will be accepted until September 7, 2018.

To apply:

Send an email to cement-workshop@umich.edu

The subject line of the message should read: Firstname Lastname CeMENT Application. In the text of your email please note if you were randomized out of the workshop previously and indicate the year that happened.

 Attach the following two documents (in pdf format) to the email.

1) A C.V., which includes the date you received your PhD, your research area(s), and your current position. Label the file: lastname_cv.pdf.
2) A 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; and 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 2018. 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 per workshop). In this case, those who were randomized out last year will receive priority in the next year as we no longer have an evaluation component to the workshop. We will also exercise a slight preference for women earlier in their tenure clock. Workshop participation is otherwise determined by random selection.

 


CeMENT Mentoring Workshop for Faculty in Non-Doctoral Programs
November 21-22, 2019, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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 SEA meetings in Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 21 and 22, 2019. The November 2019 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 2019 SEA meetings in Fort Lauderdale. It begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 21 and runs until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 22. 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 February 1, 2019.

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 one 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

Applications must be complete by February 1, 2019. You will be informed of your participation status by the end of March.

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.