AMTE Early Career BIPOC
Faculty Mentoring Program
Call for Applications
The Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators (AMTE) is excited to announce the second cohort of our mentoring program for early-career Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty working in mathematics teacher education.
What is the program?
This program aims to foster and support mentor/mentee relationships specifically aimed at supporting early-career BIPOC faculty (including tenure-track, teaching, clinical, and professional track) as they navigate the demands of teaching, scholarship, and service in the profession. We hope that mentors will support and engage their mentees to move beyond simply surviving but thriving in higher education. We aim for mentor/mentee relationships to be mutually beneficial and that mentor/mentee spaces provide a sense of community, safety, and transparency, which are essential (and often non-existent) for BIPOC faculty in their home institutions.
We define early-career faculty as those in their first ten years post receiving their doctoral degree. The AMTE mentoring program is designed to pair early career faculty (who are seeking promotion in their respective role) with more experienced faculty.
How are mentors and mentees selected?
Because the first cohort was only in place for one semester, current mentors and mentees were given the opportunity to continue in the program. Members of the AMTE membership committee will identify new members who will join the existing team to create the second cohort. We aim to maintain the small group (e.g., one mentor and two mentees) format we established in our first year. Prospective mentors and mentees will complete an application. We will consider many factors in the application ranking and matching process (e.g., work experience, cultural competence, interests, needs, and expertise) that are important components of successful mentoring relationships.
What are the expectations?
To maximize the mentor/mentee relationship, we ask participants to:
- Maintain an active membership in AMTE
- Attend the mentor launch and orientation session in August 2023 (held virtually)
- Commit to the mentor/mentee relationship from August 2023 through June 2024. Participants are encouraged to continue their relationship beyond this period.
- Establish and maintain a monthly meeting schedule (e.g., one hour per month)
- Engage in feedback and reflections regarding the program
Although not required, we hope mentors and mentees will:
- Attend the 2024 annual conference
- Participate in virtual writing groups
- Attend supplemental sessions (e.g., self-care, boundaries)
How do I apply?
Complete all sections of the application by Sunday, July 30, 2023.
1. Why is this program limited to early career BIPOC scholars and not inclusive of members from other historically marginalized groups?
While we do recognize the unique experiences that historically marginalized scholars from many backgrounds face, this program is currently open to scholars who identify as BIPOC. We hope to expand our program in the future to support a range of scholars from systematically excluded groups. We also encourage colleagues from other historically marginalized groups to engage in AMTE community circles as appropriate.
2. Can STaR fellows apply to be mentees?
Yes. Early career BIPOC STaR fellows are encouraged to apply. However, the selection committee will consider the applicant’s existing mentoring support when making decisions.
3. Can clinical and teaching faculty serve as mentors?
Yes. Clinical, teaching, and professional track faculty who have achieved promotion in their respective ranks are encouraged to apply as mentors.
4. Do I have to identify as BIPOC to apply to serve as a mentor?
No. All senior faculty members in their respective ranks are invited to apply. All applicants will be asked to describe their desire, experience with, and commitment to mentoring BIPOC faculty.
5. Are graduate students, adjunct faculty, and postdocs eligible?
No, graduate students, adjunct faculty, and postdocs are not eligible to apply. Once they have an offer of employment for a long-term position, they are eligible.
6. Will mentors be compensated?
Yes. Final compensation will be determined based on several factors (e.g., number of mentees).
What if I have questions?