Disability Mentorship Program

The American Historical Association’s Advisory Committee on Disability established a mentoring program in which graduate students doing work in history of disability or related historical fields will be matched with established faculty mentors. History graduate students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Volunteer instructor mentors will be matched with students who are either pursuing a degree in the same subfield of history or who have the same disability, if they have disclosed that information. The program is based on communications either through e-mail or by phone in order to nurture the mentor-mentee relationship, and frequency of contact is up to the mentor and mentee but must be no less than 1–2 hours every 4–6 weeks. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, mentees are encouraged to participate in interactive, web-based seminars with other mentees approximately every 4–6 weeks. One-on-one mentoring and web-based seminars will address various research, methodological, and administrative topics relevant to research and teaching careers in history of disability.

The mentor-mentee relationship would be an informal connection in which the graduate student could go to the faculty member for advice on how to handle challenges they may face on the job market, in the classroom, during exams, doing research, dealing with administrative roadblocks, and the like.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, matches will be made in September and January of each academic year.