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Scholar Mentor Program

Overview
The College of Education (COE) at Texas State University – San Marcos is pleased to invite faculty to participate in the Scholar/Mentor Program. The program is targeted for tenure-track faculty who seek to develop their scholarly writing and publication skills in a supportive and collegial arrangement. Tenure-track faculty are invited to apply as Mentees and Tenured faculty are invited to apply as Mentors for this year-long program (November – October). Mentors will receive a stipend of $500 during the first semester of the academic year. Mentors will receive an additional $500 after successful completion and submission of an article to a peer-reviewed journal or submission of a grant proposal. The Division of Research and Faculty Development intends to fund between 5 and 10 mentor/mentee pairs.
 
Goals
The overall goal of the Scholar/Mentor program is to improve tenure-track faculty’s scholarly writing and publication skills. To achieve this goal, the objectives of this program are to help tenure-track faculty:
  • Learn how to write more coherently and clearly;
  • Develop effective time management practices/habits, thereby increasing the time available for manuscript and/or grant writing;
  • Better understand the writing, submission, review, and publication process(e)s;
  • Develop collegial relationships with other scholars; and
  • Gain greater confidence in conducting, writing, and submitting manuscripts/grants.
 
Eligibility
Each pair must consist of one tenure-track faculty member (mentee) and one tenured faculty member (mentor). Faculty may participate more than one year, but must reapply each year. First time applicants will be given preference.

For more information, contact the COE Assistant Dean of Faculty and Staff Development.


Please direct your questions to Dr. Eric Schmidt, es17@txstate.edu.

Instructions
 
By November 4, send a one-page document to Eric Schmidt, Assistant Dean of Faculty and Staff Development, at es17@txstate.edu containing the following:
  1.  Name and department of mentee and mentor and topic area in which the research-based writing project will be focused;
  2. The name of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal to which you would like to submit the manuscript (it is not required you submit only to this publication); and
  3. A tentative timeline for completion of project (e.g., November 4th to January 15th: write the introduction and methods sections; January 15th to May 15th: write the results and discussion sections; June 1st to August 31st: edit/revise and submit manuscript). In your timeline, if necessary, include dates for proposal submission to Institutional Review Board (IRB) and data collection.
  4. Signature of mentor and mentee indicating agreement to plans described in application.
 
To ensure your success , we would like to remind you of your responsibilities:
 
Mentees will be responsible for:
  1. Identifying at least one writing project (manuscript or grant proposal) that, by October 1, has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. 
  2. Completing pre-Mentor meeting work such as revising drafts, completing readings, and reviewing work of others.
  3. Submitting a proposal to the IRB, if necessary.
  4. Collecting and organizing data as needed.
  5.  Writing the manuscript/grant proposal.
  6. Seeking support as needed from the Mentor.
  7. Regularly submitting their drafts to the Mentor and attending periodic Mentor/Mentee meetings (suggested: at least twice/month) to discuss theirs drafts and related-activities.
  8. Adhering to a timeline agreed upon with their Mentor.
  9. Submitting their manuscript for publication or their grant proposal for funding consideration by October 1
  10. Completing mid- and final program evaluations.
 
Mentors will be responsible for:
  1. Assisting the Mentee with identifying and developing a writing project (manuscript or grant proposal) that will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or to a funding agency for consideration by the end of the program year (i.e., October 1).
  2. Identifying appropriate, high quality peer-reviewed journals with challenging acceptance rates for their Mentee’s research-based writing project (as a guide in deciding level of selectivity, see journal citation report by going to http://www.library.txstate.edu/ and clicking on the following in order: Databases, Reference, and Journal Citation Report).
  3. Assisting the Mentee with identifying and developing specific and realistic writing goals.
  4. Actively writing with the Mentee at least two times (suggested) per month.
  5. Reviewing/editing the Mentee’s work and provide constructive feedback regularly.
  6. Keeping a log of all meetings with Mentee and other Mentee-related activities.
  7. Helping Mentee stay on task, especially with helping Mentee successfully complete her/his research-based writing project by stated deadline of October 1.
  8. Completing mid- and final program evaluations.

Scholar/Mentor Program Final Evaluations

Please complete the appropriate online evaluation by clicking on the appropriate link below.