Mentoring Program

The primary purpose of the ASLE mentoring program is to offer graduate students research assistance, career guidance, and other forms of professional support, including serving as outside readers on dissertation committees. If you are an ASLE member, and would like to work with a mentor, please fill out and send in this application.

Over the years, the mentoring program has evolved to support the ASLE community in additional ways:

  • We sponsor individual meetings at the biennial ASLE conference to provide new members of ASLE the opportunity to meet experienced members of the organization
  • We co-sponsor sessions at the biennial conference designed for graduate students seeking more information about the profession of English, issues associated with graduate training, ecocriticism and environmental studies, teaching and scholarship, as well as careers outside the academy
  • We offer mentoring opportunities for members across all phases of an academic life through the Staying Alive Project, a blog and conversation dedicated to sustaining an emotionally, ethically, and spiritually healthy life in academia—no matter what happens
  • We facilitate collaboration within and across languages, disciplines and literary traditions. Whether you are an ASLE member interested in identifying others working in your area(s) of intellectual interest, or a student or scholar in any ASLE branch seeking contact information for scholars working in other areas of the field, let us know how me might be able to help

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or if you have questions about the Mentoring Program, please contact the Co-Coordinators of the ASLE Mentoring Program, Erin James ( and Elizabeth Dodd (

Mentoring Program Articles Archive

Several short articles and updates have been published in ASLE News to make visible the mentoring relationships that develop as a result of the interactions between mentor and mentee.  Click to read the compiled texts of these articles.