Mentoring Project

The Mentoring Program is designed to aid junior scholars in the crucial early stages of their academic careers. The Mentoring Program aims to formalize one of the Association’s most important features–the exchange of expertise and practical professional information between junior and senior scholars. Through this program, senior scholars can offer to be mentors for a protégé on the specific scholarly or professional topic(s) of their choosing (e.g., Mary Shelley, teaching generalist courses in a small institution, etc.). Junior scholars can request a mentor by describing their own scholarly interests and professional concerns. Mentors and protégés commit to one year of conversation (vocal, written, and/or electronic). By volunteering, mentors commit themselves to being interlocutors only. It is not a condition of participating in this program that mentors act as professional advocates for their protégés (for example, by writing letters of recommendation for cases of tenure or promotion or for grant proposals), though of course they may do so if they wish.

Prospective Mentors. We welcome offers to serve as mentors from Romanticists at the Associate Professor level or higher. Although volunteers need not be members of the K-SAA, we welcome them to join the Association. You can volunteer by sending us a short email providing your contact information and affiliation, as well as the authors or topics of interest to you. We hope that the Mentoring Project will appeal particularly to those who are retired faculty or who are teaching at non-PhD-granting institutions and who might enjoy an opportunity to pass on advice, expertise, and street-wisdom to younger members of the profession.

Prospective Protégés. Any junior Romanticist working on authors and topics that fall under the umbrella of the K-SAA, and who has completed the PhD but has not yet earned tenure, is invited to request a mentor. Membership in the K-SAA is not a requirement for applicants, but anyone accepting a mentor must join the Association. Your request should consist of a C.V. and a one- or two-sentence description of what you are looking for in a mentor. We particularly encourage junior scholars to apply who find themselves at smaller institutions where they may not have access to other scholars in their field or discipline.

Timetable. Mentoring matches are made in the early fall of each year, so please submit your offers and requests by September 30. (If you find you do have outstanding needs during the academic year, however, feel free to write and we will attempt to find someone to work with you at that time). If we do not have a sufficient number of mentors for the applicants, preference will be granted to protégés with the longest memberships in the K-SAA.

We are committed to bringing more junior and senior scholars into mutual conversation and to offering concrete support to the rising generation of scholars.

Contact. Please contact Stephen Behrendt (sbehrendt1 [at] unl [dot] edu) to apply to be a protégé, to volunteer to be a Mentor, or to ask questions about this program.


  • The K-SAA Mentoring Program gave me the opportunity to learn more about professional fellowships in the field of British Romanticism.   My mentor walked me through successful proposal writing techniques, offering feedback every step of the way.  The one-on-one interaction with a senior colleague proved invaluable. Through the K-SAA Mentoring Program, I learned how to balance the work of scholarly research alongside mounting administrative demands in my department.
  • The KSAA mentorship program not only mirrors an aspect of Romantic literary practice, but proves that aspect indispensable to modern scholarship. Many second-generation Romantic writers benefited from dialogue with more experienced writers. I was delighted to learn that my KSAA mentor would be a scholar whose criticism informed my research, Prof. ----------. Prof. ------- has shared indispensable advice about professionalization and publishing, in great detail. In time, I plan to "carry it forward," but I will have a hard act to follow--just as did the second-generation Romantics.
  • I might have mentioned to you before that I have had such an incredibly wonderful experience taking part in this program as a junior scholar in Romanticism. I was very lucky to be matched with ----------, who has helped me through a range of research-related matters and much else besides.  For example, he has advised me on the production of three separate articles, two of which are now going into production for publication.  On the other essay, which was recently published in Studies in Romanticism, he has given me invaluable advice and feedback about how to think about expanding the article for a book chapter in my in-progress monograph. I feel extremely lucky to have him as my K-SAA mentor and—much more importantly—as my friend.