THE DOCTOR IS INis a mentoring help desk open to all American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) members, from students to late-career faculty. Founded in 2013 by Rebecca Shapiro (CUNY), the help desk offers drop-in mentoring and a physical space where ASECS members can ask informal questions on all manner of topics related to navigating the profession–from managing a dissertation committee to writing a book proposal, advocating for fair labor practices for adjunct/lecturers/graduate students, balancing work and family or the two-body problem, and/or combatting post-tenure ennui. You can check out the fabulous cast of volunteers in previous workshops here.

Now in its seventh year, THE DOCTOR IS IN is excited to work with the ASECS office to list all participating mentors in the program, a move that not only recognizes the important role of mentorship at our conference and in the profession but also allows more of our participants to receive institutional travel support through this official listing. We are also excited to be partnering for the first time with the ASECS Graduate Student Caucus to support the GSC Coffee Hour and enhance the topics and opportunities we provide (thanks to GSC co-chairs April Fuller and Megan Cole for their leadership in this partnership!). On Saturday, March 21, from 9–10:30 AM, all graduate students are invited to attend an informal, 15–20-minute roundtable with a small group of mentors. After the brief roundtable, graduate students will have the opportunity to speak to mentors and other roundtable participants in a group setting.

If you would like to participate as a mentor, please fill out the form here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at doctorisin18c@gmail.com.

The 2020 team is Kathleen Alves, Adela Ramos, James Reeves, Joel Sodano, and Danielle Spratt.