Society for Scholarly Publishing provides unique opportunities for professional development and personal growth through Mentorship Program

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May 1, 2017 – Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) announced today that it will pilot a new Mentorship Program starting in June 2017. The SSP Career Development Committee is seeking up to 12 mentors and up to 12 mentees to participate in this new program and provide feedback.

This new program is ideal professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor. The pilot will run from June through November 2017 and SSP is accepting applications through May 15.

This exciting new initiative aims to connect members of SSP for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement.

“The success of the SSP Fellowship Program, which includes a mentorship component, has led SSP members at all career levels to realize how much they could benefit from having a mentor or being a mentor,” said Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director of SSP. “By developing a formal mentorship program, SSP can help shape the future leaders of scholarly communications through expansion of their professional competencies; cultivating a diverse and high-quality pool of candidates in the workforce.”

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month for five months in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. Program participants must be SSP members and participation fees are waived for the pilot program. Participants are required to complete a series of feedback exercises to help improve and enhance the program for future cohorts.

Please see the SSP website for more information about how the program works, eligibility requirements, and how to apply to participate in the pilot.

About the Society for Scholarly Publishing – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and Focus Groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

For more information, contact:

Melanie Dolechek
Executive Director | 303 422 3914

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