Have a Cup of Coffee Mentoring Program

The Have a Cup of Coffee Mentoring Program is back! This year the program will be held face-to-face during the Annual Meeting. The program connects members in need of mentoring with experienced professionals.

How It Works

Mentors are invited to set aside one hour of their time to speak with a person who is interested in mentoring. Mentees will view a schedule of available mentors and their areas of expertise. Mentees will register for a mentor time slot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each pair is given $10 at the Annual Meeting to use for coffee, snacks, etc.

Mentoring pairs will be introduced via email before the Annual Meeting. The pair will then meet at the AAR Membership desk at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center at the agreed upon time.

How to Sign Up as a Mentor

Mentor registration is now closed. 

How to Sign Up as a Mentee

Mentee registration is now closed.


The mentor is meant to be a sounding board and guide. Mentors and mentees will meet once during the Annual Meeting for an hour; there is no expectation of the mentoring relationship extending beyond this meeting unless both parties agree. The mentor will not necessarily be in the same field as the mentee and will not necessarily be available to read their work. The mentor will offer guidance where possible, in some of the following topics: professional development and discernment, access to networks, strategizing and publication, job seeking (including jobs outside the academy or off the tenure track), the tenure and promotion process, and work/life balance. It is appropriate for a mentor to request a curriculum vitae from potential mentees. Mentors and mentees should be aware of the potential power dynamics between them and adhere to professional ethics and boundaries. All conversations are confidential unless both parties agree otherwise.

Mentors and mentees are responsible for contacting one another with any changes in plans well before the meeting. Both parties need to be aware that this mentoring program comes on top of other Annual Meeting duties and commitments; please honor one another's time accordingly. It would be helpful for the mentor and mentee to talk about mutual expectations via email before the meeting date.

For questions, please contact Matt Vieson at [email protected].

Mentor and Mentee Registration:

MENTEE registration is now closed.

MENTOR registration is now closed.