Purpose

The IWCA Mentor Match Program provides mentorship opportunities for writing center professionals. The program sets up mentor and mentee matches, and then those teams define the parameters of their relationship, including the most appropriate communication channels, frequency of correspondence, etc. Mentor matches run for 18-24 months. A new matching cycle will begin October 2021.

Roles and Responsibilities

Mentors can provide a range of support to their mentees. Mentors may:

  • Refer mentees to resources.
  • Connect mentees with colleagues nationally and in their region.
  • Consult on professional development, contract review, and promotion.
  • Provide feedback on mentee assessment and scholarship.
  • Serve as an outside reviewer for writing center assessment.
  • Serve as a reference for promotion.
  • Serve as a chair on conference panels.
  • Answer curious mentee questions.
  • Offer outside opinions about mentee situations.

Testimonials

“Being a mentor with the IWCA Mentor Match program helped me to critically reflect on my own experiences, led to a professional relationship with a valued colleague, and encouraged me to consider how professional mentoring leads to disciplinary identity.” Maureen McBride, University Nevada-Reno, Mentor 2018-19

“For me, the chance to mentor someone else had a few benefits. I was able to pay forward some of the wonderful support I received informally over the years. My relationship with my mentee fosters a mutual learning space where we both feel supported for the work we do. Holding this space is really important for those of us who can feel isolated at our home institutions or in silo-ed departments.” Jennifer Daniel, Queens University of Charlotte, Mentor 2018-19

Workshop Series

The Mentor Match program offers a workshop series during the academic year. These are particularly geared toward new(er) writing center professionals. For a list of current topics, dates, and times for workshops, see IWCA Mentor Match Program Webinars.

For previous webinars and materials, go to the Webinar page.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please contact the IWCA Mentor Co-Coordinators Denise Stephenson at dstephenson@miracosta.edu and Molly Rentscher at mrentscher@pacific.edu.