Job Clinic and Mentoring Circle

By appointment only: Pre-register October 15, 2020, to January 10, 2021!

Mentors and mentees discuss job market documents at the annual NeMLA convention.

NeMLA Is Excited to Expand Our Professionalization Initiatives with the Job Clinic!

These one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

Faculty members will meet emerging scholars one-on-one to advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

We will contact all Job Clinic mentors and mentees at the end of January with additional information, to ask for your scheduling preferences, and to confirm your areas of scholarship.

Instructions for Mentors and Mentees Before the Convention (Apply by Jan 10)

Please pre-register as a mentor or mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" October 15, 2020, to January 10, 2021. Please indicate whether you wish to serve as a "Mentor" or "Mentee."

Instructions for Mentees

Bring hard copies of your CV and Cover Letter with you to the convention, and come with questions about revising all portions of your application and about the academic job interview process. Mentees working on Cover Letters or Mock Interviews must bring a copy of a job ad with them to the Job Clinic.

Publishing Mentorship Program (Apply by Jan 15)

We are excited to offer once again the Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at the 2021 Convention in Philadelphia, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish.  The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication.

Instructions for Mentors

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email by January 15. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. 

Instructions for Mentees

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application below and email it with your CV to by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors onlyMentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2021 convention. Check back in Fall 2020 for our application!

2021 Convention Roundtable: "NeMLA’s Publishing Mentorship Program: Our Third Year"

In this roundtable, participants assess the challenges and successes from this year-long undertaking.

Testimonials Welcome (Due December 1)

NeMLA is seeking testimonials from both mentees and mentors about your experiences participating in our Job Clinic (or its precursor, the CV Clinic). Did the clinic help you in the profession? Did you have a productive appointment? Have you remained in touch since the convention? Have you collaborated on other projects? Have you found a position? Are you receiving mentorship in other aspects of professional life? We want to hear your stories! With your permission, we would like to include your testimonials on our website and in our newsletter. Please send any testimonials to Claire Sommers, Professionalization Coordinator ( by December 1.


For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator (