VGSSIG Mentorship Program

Call for Applicants
2019 – 2020 Mentoring Cycle

The SCMS Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest (VGSSIG) Group Mentorship Program affords graduate students and early-career scholars working in video game studies an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. These experienced scholars have survived the trials and tribulations of beginning an academic career and have kindly volunteered their time to support emerging scholars.

The overarching goals of the program include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of career paths
  • Developing professional skills,
  • Setting professional and scholarly goals
  • Joining or increasing involvement with the VGSSIG’s professional network

We hope that pairs of mentors and mentees will introduce themselves at or around the SCMS conference if possible and hold at least one in-person meeting (via phone call, Skype, or Google Hangouts). We ask that pairs be in contact at least once per quarter (10 weeks) and we expect participating mentees to be actively involved in the program. Mentors are not expected to provide jobs or letters of recommendation for their mentees, nor are they expected to read mentees’ dissertations and articles (though some may be willing to read shorter documents, such as conference abstracts and job letters).

Issues discussed between mentors and mentees might include:

  • Dissertation anxieties
  • Networking
  • Job applications and interviews
  • Departmental politics
  • Research and academic and non-academic publishing
  • The tenure process
  • Pedagogy and teaching

All of the mentors in this program are experienced, successful professionals who have many insights to offer, and the VGSSIG will help mentoring pairs set expectations for how best to work together.

If you have questions about the program or application, you may direct them to the VGSSIG at with the subject “Mentorship Program.”