Excellence in Mentorship Award

In solidarity with Professor Seo-Young Chu, our colleagues on the Executive Board and throughout the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Graduate Student Caucus is committed to the ongoing development of policies making explicit our unequivocal opposition to all forms of harassment, discrimination, and abuse. We deeply regret and sincerely apologize for the violence enacted in the 2009 naming of our Graduate Student Mentorship Award in honour of Jay Fliegelman, and we are grateful to Professor Chu for coming forward with her experience. The ASECS Graduate Student Caucus is dedicated to fostering a culture of equity, and condemns the sexual violence and abuses of power committed by Jay Fliegelman. Please read Professor Chu’s essay “A Refuge for Jae-in Doe: Fugues in the Key of English Major”, and the recent “ASECS Executive Board Statement on Harassment and Abuse”.

– ASECS Graduate Student Caucus


ASECS Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring

This award was established to honor scholars in any field of eighteenth-century studies who generously offer career-long mentorship to others, investing in the future of our field and sharing their knowledge with others.

If you would like to nominate your mentor for next year’s award, please submit a letter of nomination along with at least one other letter in support of the nomination and a brief curriculum vitae (four pages maximum) of the nominee. At least one of the letters must be from a current graduate student and the c.v. should highlight activities and achievements related to graduate mentoring. The deadline for submissions is December 15.  Note that the recipient of the award will be invited to participate in the GSC professionalization panel at the 2018 ASECS meeting in Orlando.

Nominees should have a record of mentoring and advising doctoral students, with active involvement in directing dissertations. They should generously foster intellectual, scholarly, creative, and professional growth and aid students in the development of their careers. In doing so, they should foster a culture of intellectual engagement in which their students will thrive.

The nominations are evaluated by an interdisciplinary group of graduate students, headed by the co-chair of the Graduate Student Caucus. Submissions for the 2016-2017 academic year can be sent via e-mail to Michelle Lyons-McFarland at hml32@case.edu.