Informal Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring scheme for early years scholars working in Bible and violence

Doctoral and early career research can be lonely and stressful. Sadly, the academy is not always a supportive environment, especially for early career scholars. Research in the area of violence is often particularly emotionally difficult. With all of these challenges in mind, we are offering an informal mentoring scheme to junior scholars.

The mentoring scheme exists to offer encouragement and support to emerging scholars working on subjects appertaining to violence in the discipline of biblical studies. It aims to pair up more experienced scholars with emerging scholars for informal and flexible mentoring.

We are delighted that our friends at the Shiloh Project have offered to partner with us in this venture. Between our two institutions, we have a number of more experienced scholars who are willing to offer informal mentoring in this way. We welcome offers from other scholars beyond our institutions who would be willing to help mentor through this informal scheme.

Some notes about the scope and limitations of what we are able to offer:

  • Mentoring may be one-off or ongoing, may take place virtually or in person, and will be with the expectation that meetings will be no more frequent than three monthly unless by mutual agreement
  • Either party will be free to terminate the relationship at any point
  • There is no expectation that the mentor will read or review written work, or provide technical input into the mentee’s work
  • The mentor relationship will in no way overlap with doctoral supervision
  • The mentor will not offer counselling
  • The mentee is not expected to repay the mentor in kind or in any other way, at any point

Mentors and mentees who choose to participate in the scheme will be understood to have agreed to these guidelines.

Early years scholars who are interested in receiving informal mentoring along these lines should get in touch with Helen Paynter or Johanna Stiebert