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Graduate and Early Career Caucus Excellence in Mentorship Award - 

Deadline - 1 February 2022

The Graduate and Early Career Caucus is pleased to announce that they are accepting nominations for the 2022 Excellence in Mentorship Award. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The nomination guidelines are outlined below, and more information can be found on the GECC website, linked below.

The ASECS Excellence in Mentorship Award was established by the Society’s Executive Board in 2007 at the behest of the Graduate Student Caucus (now Graduate and Early Career Caucus) in order to honor faculty who have taught, led, and motivated their students in the study of the long eighteenth century.


The GECC will look most favorably upon nominations that demonstrate the following: the candidate’s commitment to students’ short- and long-term goals, their effectiveness in helping students to navigate graduate school coursework and requirements, their ability to guide and inspire students in the exchange of ideas, research and writing; and their success in seeking and securing opportunities for mentees such as conference presentations, publications, fellowships, and/or grant awards.


Although membership in ASECS is not required for nomination, the winner of the Award will be encouraged to participate in the GECC professionalization panel at the next year’s annual meeting.

A nomination must be coordinated by a member of ASECS who is not a current student/advisee of the nominee. Nominations should include:


  • Three letters of support. Letters should discuss the ways in which the nominee has supported and fostered the teaching and scholarly/professional goals of mentees and should describe specific instances that demonstrate their qualities as an effective mentor. Letters may come from former students, colleagues, collaborators, and others qualified to speak to the nomination. Together the letters should provide evidence for the range, excellence, consistency, and salutary impact of the nominee’s mentoring history. The maximum length for each letter is two single-spaced pages. Letters should not be from current students/mentees.

  • The nominee’s 5-page C.V. The nomination coordinator should highlight, and where necessary explain, items that are particularly relevant to the Mentorship Award.

  • Please indicate whether your nominee has been informed of their nomination.


The coordinator should submit the above materials in .pdf format to the ASECS Business Office at The materials will be forwarded to the GECC Chair for review by the Mentorship Award Committee.


If you would like more updates, please follow the GECC Twitter page @asecsgrad or join our listserv:  


To see the full nomination page, follow this link:


Please contact the GECC Chair, Dylan Lewis (, if you have any additional questions.

The winner will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the ASECS Annual Meeting. The winner is expected to participate in the Graduate Student Caucus’s professional development panel at the Annual Meeting the following year.


Candidates are ineligible for nomination if the candidate has previously won this award at any stage in their career. Nomination packets for candidates who do not receive the award will roll over for one year; after that, they must be updated and reorganized if a nominator wishes to resubmit a candidate’s nomination.

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