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Find a Digital Humanities Mentor through the ACH and DHCommons

If you’re a ProfHacker reader who works in a humanities discipline, there’s a good chance you’re interested in the digital humanities. Last week Brian, Adeline, and I pointed you to three DH workshops at this year’s MLA Convention in Boston that might help you get started in the field. If you’re interested in learning even more about DH, you might also consider requesting a mentor from the Association for Computers and the Humanities’ (ACH) mentoring program. The ACH and DHCommons—a hub for DH collaboration—are proud to announce a new partnership that will make seeking an ACH mentor (or volunteering to be a mentor) simple. You can now request a mentor when you set up a new profile on the DHCommons site.

Here’s the announcement from the ACH and DHCommons:

The Association for Computers and Humanities (ACH) and DHCommons are pleased to announce a partnership meant to broaden the ACH’s successful digital humanities mentorship program. The ACH’s mentorship program matches newcomers to the digital humanities with experienced advisors in the field for job market advice, networking, and professional guidance. If you would like to participate, visit http://www.dhcommons.org/user/register to create a new account. Once you’ve filled out your basic information, click “ACH Mentorship Program” in the left column and indicate 1.) whether you would like to request a mentor or volunteer to be a mentor and 2.) your experience and interests in DH. The ACH’s mentorship program coordinator, Stéfan Sinclair, will use this information to match you with a partner who shares your interests. To learn more about the ACH’s mentorship program, visit http://www.ach.org/mentoring.

Bethany Nowviskie, President of the ACH, described the history of the ACH’s mentoring program and the new partnership in an email:

ACH’s mentor-matching program is a long-standing affair, and little, colored stickers were our first “platform.” People seeking mentorship or a job in humanities computing—and those with advice or job news to share—would add them to their conference badges at ACH/ALLC and later (as the digital humanities community grew) at our annual DH conferences. My favorites were the ones that read “Please ask!” and “Do tell!” One of those was meant for job-seekers and the other for search committee members and potential mentors—but nobody could ever remember which were which!

A couple of years ago, Stéfan Sinclair extended the program to something that runs year-round. For ACH, it’s always been about putting people into conversation. The mentorship program is one of the loveliest things we do, and I hope DH Commons users won’t be shy about asking for mentorship or joining our pool of volunteers. I stay in close touch with the people who once mentored me and made me feel welcome at the annual conference, and with the people I’ve mentored through ACH, myself. We’re thrilled that DH Commons is helping us bring the ACH mentorship program to a wider community.

So, if you’re looking for guidance about how to join or develop within the digital humanities community, visit DHCommons, create a profile, and request a mentor! If you’re an established scholar within the digital humanities who would be interested in helping new scholars into the field, consider signing up to be an ACH mentor. For more information about the program, please email Stéfan Sinclair.

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