SREB Doctoral Scholars Visit StoryCorps to Talk Importance of Mentoring
In less than one month, over 1,000 minority doctoral scholars will gather for the 23rd Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, hosted by the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program. During this one-of-a-kind meeting, scholars will network, meet with college recruiters, and attend insightful workshops. The goal: provide students with the tools they need to become successful professors.
In anticipation of this year’s Institute, five DSP scholars visited StoryCorps Atlanta to share their personal experiences as minority Ph.D. scholars. Dr. Kinnis Gosha, assistant professor at Morehouse College, shared how the Institute impacted his experience as a scholar during his StoryCorps interview.
“You develop this network of peers that you know for the rest of your career,” Gosha said. “You are also exposed to the academic career fair. It’s not only a place where you can get a job, but when you talk to the recruiters, they let you know what it takes to get a job.”
In addition to the Institute, mentorship played a huge role in Gosha’s success.
“Having a strong mentor was very worthwhile,” he recalled. “At an institution, the faculty are very close-knit. So you really need someone who you can trust and talk to about certain things and challenging issues.”
After Gosha faced a few challenges and disheartening experiences as a scholar, it was his mentor who helped him develop as a scholar.
“It’s a really invaluable experience to have,” Gosha said. “Because I had good mentoring, I started on the faculty at Morehouse two years before I even graduated.”
Be on the lookout for Gosha’s full audio story, along with the other DSP scholars who visited StoryCorps, at SREB.org.