This award recognizes a scholar who has excelled at mentoring others in achieving their career objectives through moral, social, and intellectual support. We define each of these criteria in more detail below:
- Intellectual support: Helps the mentee develop ideas constructively (e.g., by brainstorming, offering a sounding board, suggesting a diverse perspective, providing written feedback, … ) – investing one’s (scarce) intellectual capital in the service of mentees.
- Social support: Helps the mentee develop a professional network that will allow him/her to be successful (e.g., introducing them to others, writing reference letters, suggesting them as co-authors/reviewers/editors, … ) – investing one’s (scarce) social capital in the service of mentees.
- Moral support: Genuinely cares about the well-being and development of the mentee (e.g., encouragement through difficult times, helps maintain self-efficacy, provides perspective or specific career/work strategies, …) – investing one’s (scarce) mental energy in the service of mentees.
Any member of the OB Division is eligible for this award. This award is not meant to recognize research productivity, advocacy activities in the field, or personal longevity in the field but rather to recognize a scholar who has an impactful effect on other scholars through their outstanding mentorship. To be eligible, the person needs three mentees who are willing to write a letter of nomination on behalf of their mentor. Based on the letters or recommendation we receive, a young and upcoming artist will develop a personalized award (production value of 1000 euros, courtesy of Antwerp Management School). To nominate an individual for the Mentorship Award, a nomination packet must include:
- A letter of nomination that identifies the candidate, the individual(s) making the nomination, and a short motivation on why this person is nominated (one page, single spaced);
- As supporting evidence, we ask the nominators to each write a supporting letter (one page, single spaced) on how this person has impacted their development, career and lives. These letters will be used as input for the artist crafting the award. We ask for a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 letters per person. Nominations are accepted on behalf of all OB Division members. Please send nomination materials to Hannes Leroy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 17, 2020.
- Candidates that were nominated in the preceding year but did not win the award are automatically reconsidered as eligible in the ensuing year.