Sunday, June 15, 2008

Outside Mentor Appreciation Thread

Per a request on the Alerts page, the following idea for a thread was stolen from the IR rumor mill. Positive discussion only.

Which professor outside of your department, not on your Ph.D. committee, not a former mentor at the undergraduate level has been most helpful in your research? How?

65 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Hail to the best mentor ever, Barbara Geddes!!

9/29/2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experience with Karen Remmer at New Mexico was terrific.

9/29/2007 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found Skip Lupia to be quite helpful.

9/29/2007 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Waldner at UVA is a mentoring mensch par excellence.

9/29/2007 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Tsebelis is a great mentor

9/29/2007 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Shipan is amazing as well!

9/29/2007 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread is ridiculous.

9/29/2007 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha

9/29/2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Mintrom, who is an excellent colleague and mentor, even after departing for New Zealand.

9/29/2007 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David starov - mentor, colleague, American hero

9/29/2007 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Sawyer, UCLA is very helpful.

9/29/2007 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Hunt was a warm and welcoming mentor

9/29/2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that guy Swarley is pretty legend-wait for it-ary.

"Worst. Thread. Ever."

9/29/2007 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The late Linda F. Williams, Maryland. Wonderful person, very helpful, honest.

9/29/2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul. Allen. Beck.

9/29/2007 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Segura!

9/29/2007 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Graber and Ron Kahn are always willing to spend their time and energy on juniors and actively mentor people who are emphatically not clones of them. Great, great guys, both of them.

9/30/2007 3:58 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Jim Gimpel has been one of the most helpful people I've ever dealt with.

9/30/2007 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skip Lupia rocks!!

9/30/2007 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Jelen

9/30/2007 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Skip Lupia is very good!

9/30/2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread would gain a lot if people would write why they "hail" the particular person. This could also help more senior colleagues be(come) better supervisors.

10/01/2007 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok (as someone who does not have a Michigan PhD and is not affiliated with Michigan in any way), I've found Skip Lupia to be helpful because after meeting him at a conference he was willing to read a paper and give me excellent feedback in terms of framing my project and selling it. I've also heard him talk up junior scholars who are doing good work but who might not be getting much attention (because their PhD is not from a flashy program, or because they didn't land in a top department). He's able to tell you about their work and why it's interesting. He doesn't *have* to do any of this, but it's great that he does.

10/01/2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, an addendum to 9/29/2007 1:09 PM in response to the request for details:

I met David Waldner when he gave a talk in my department years back. I tried to poke some holes in his paper, based on my ongoing diss. research. His response was to ask to read it, which he did in minute detail (more so than most of my committee) and sent pages of comments several times. He graciously wrote a job letter and has continued to provide incredible feedback on subsequent work, as well as being a generally kind PR rep for me and other young scholars whose work he reads.

10/01/2007 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to learn all this. I will now send all my grad term papers to Lupia for comments before sending them to the APSR.

10/01/2007 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie Druckman is about the nicest and most helpful person I've ever met.

10/01/2007 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd second the Druckman nod: Jamie is a top-notch guy. Wicked smart and genuinely nice.

10/01/2007 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, unlike some other "hotshot" young americanists, Jamie is a very nice guy

10/01/2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie is one of the nicest and most helpful people I have encountered - he is definitely appreciated.

10/01/2007 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Mahoney has been generous with his time, given incisive and encouraging comments, and displayed extraordinary intellectual curiosity. He is a consummate professional.

10/01/2007 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ric Uslaner is extremely generous with his time. He has read and critiqued countless papers for me and I am exceptionally grateful.

10/03/2007 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll add to the Jamie Druckman love fest

10/04/2007 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie Druckman was Skip Lupia's student. I don't know if that means anything but I thought it was worth pointing out.

10/04/2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Green was awesome!!! Always found time to meet and discuss, even for students not in American, methods, or running field experiments. Probably the most urbane as well.

10/04/2007 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a graduate student, and a junior faculty member, senior people (from around the country) were eager to help and guide me. Once I attained tenure, I found it difficult to get senior faculty to read and comment on my work. Has anyone else had this experience?

10/05/2007 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to pay back buddy. Do onto others. You're a big boy/girl now. Help someone else out

10/05/2007 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, time to pay it forward. You're not a rookie anymore.

10/05/2007 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame Jamie will never read this blog :)

10/05/2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second the nomination of Don Green. (Full disclosure: I'm at Yale, though I don't work with Green and never have.) The man is extraordinarily willing to help you out if you've got a methodological problem. He's a tremendous guy, and even though I'm not on board with his larger "experiments or bust" agenda, he's a mensch in my book.

10/06/2007 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Smith may be the best. Probably has the record for the longest uninterrupted advising session.

10/09/2007 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will third the Don Green nod. I took an Icspr course from him, and he was just awesome. Very helpful.

10/11/2007 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not undergrad advisors? thirty years ago when I was a sophomore at Texas Henry Dietz began going out of his way for me and has continued to do so to this day.

10/12/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick Fenno. Fifty years of helpful service to everyone.

10/13/2007 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Polsky at CUNY.

10/14/2007 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Petrocik helped me a great deal during my time as an undergraduate; he served as my thesis advisor and helped set me on my path to grad school.

11/08/2007 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread is dead. It's just cluttering the place up now.

11/11/2007 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was planning to be helpful to someone in the next year or so in hope of getting mentioned here, but if it is to be killed I'll just go back to being dismissive and self absorbed.

11/12/2007 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frances Rosenbluth is probably the nicest person you can meet!

11/21/2007 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, let's make this interesting. Let's open it up to stories about how your mentor screwed you.

11/27/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been helped greatly by all three of Lupia, Druckman and Green. They are models of collegiality.

11/28/2007 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While my colleagues in graduate school were collaborating on research with their mentors (and co-authoring journal articles and book chapters), I spent three semesters copy-editing my mentor's book with a fine-toothed comb.

12/03/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Chan @ Colorado

12/11/2007 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D. Sunshine Hillygus is a model of female perfection. What a great mentor that's easy on the eyes.

12/11/2007 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um...not sure that's what qualifies a person as a mentor (but if it is, Delli Carpini is a great mentor -- and he's a super nice guy)

12/12/2007 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On "mentor" horror stories: my mentor had me help him move (his house not his office). But I have a friend who wrote a co-authored piece with his "mentor" only to find that his name had been removed when it came out.

12/12/2007 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mentor wrote a recommendation letter for a student who applied to my department and claimed s/he was the best student s/he ever worked with, including me. I suspect this happens a lot, but I don't like it! ROAR!!!

12/13/2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Sod Verba said...

Next time tell your "mentor" that you don't want to help them move house and that they should hire someone. Stand up for yourself.

12/16/2007 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: helping your supervisor move.

When he/she takes you out for beers afterwards in thanks, make sure you drink enough that hte cost of beer equals the cost of hiring movers. Guaranteed he/she will never ask you to help move again! (true story)

12/17/2007 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen Farnsworth, a prof from my undergrad (a small liberal arts school) has been helpful to me through undergrad and grad school. Great guy!

1/03/2008 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread is ridiculous.

2/02/2008 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lurve Don Green.

2/07/2008 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No love for John Aldrich? Come on, people!

3/17/2008 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremy Weinstein is tops. Brilliant and helpful.

8/12/2008 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Zimmerman is outstanding - too bad people have to go and retire!

9/24/2008 1:54 PM  
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10/06/2008 7:42 AM  

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