Ask Me!

Welcome to our Situational Mentorship page.

Receiving Mentoring

Below are short descriptions by mentors listing the specific kind(s) of gender-related mentoring each one is willing to provide. By clicking on a preferred mentor’s name you can connect directly with the mentor by e-mail (thus, eliminating the need for users to explain potentially sensitive issues to a program administrator).

Disclaimer: Please note all communications will be strictly confidential between you and the mentor. The mentor commits to maintaining confidential communications; you must keep any information your mentor confides in you confidential as well. Also, in accordance with Item 2 of the SMT Mentoring Policy, the opinions expressed and advice given within any of the CSW’s mentoring programs are solely those of the individual mentor and do not represent the views or actions of the CSW or the Society for Music Theory. SMT and the CSW will not accept any damages or other liability arising from the mentorship.

Volunteer to Become a Mentor

To find out about volunteering, please contact CSW Chair Jennifer Bain (see Contact Us).


Jennifer Iverson (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Chicago)
Main Focus: Family life/maternity, Job interviews, Teaching, Tenure-Track, Negotiation

I have experience navigating administrative channels and asking for accommodations due to both maternity and care of a family member under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I have experience negotiating accommodations in situations such as job interviews, teaching load assignments, and tenure timelines. My undergraduate teaching includes musicianship and theory, form and analysis, and graduate classes in twentieth century analysis, electronic music, and disability studies. My primary research areas are the music and discourses of the mid-century European avant-garde, and disability studies. Website

Jan Miyake (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Music Theory, Oberlin Conservatory)
Main Focus: Family life, Tenure-Track, Journal Editing, Service

As someone who has three small children (born in 2006, 2010, and 2010) and who earned tenure in 2010, I would be happy to listen, brainstorm, or share experiences related to having kids as a tenure-track professor before going up for tenure and related to juggling family and academic responsibilities and opportunities. In terms of a (family) support system, I have a spouse who also works full-time and three sets of grandparents who do not live nearby, but do visit frequently to help out when we need to travel for work. Career-wise, I am currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Oberlin College & Conservatory. I am the incoming treasurer (2014-18) for the Society for Music Theory and serve on the editorial board of Music Theory Online. I publish in the fields of musical form (Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven), Schenkerian Analysis, and pedagogy.

Jeannie Guerrero
Main Focus:  Tenure-track, Interpersonal Relations

Academic life can be fraught with complicated interpersonal relationships that can affect your health, happiness, and financial well-being. I will listen to you without judgment or preconceptions. To say that I’ve heard it all would be inaccurate, because everyone’s story is unique, just as you are unique. So tell me your story and let’s go from there. I was an Assistant, then Associate Professor at Eastman, after studying at Harvard, Eastman, and Chicago.

Laurel Parsons
Main Focus: Outside the Tenure Track, Starting Late, Maternity/Children in Grad School/Early Career, Lack of Geographical Mobility, Cross-Country/Cross-Border Commuting, Career Gaps

I found out I was pregnant the week I started my MA, and by the time I started my PhD at 36 had four children between the ages of 2 and 8. There were challenges throughout, but the biggest ones have come since completing my PhD in my 40s, from the difficulties of finding full-time academic work when geographically limited by a spouse’s employment, to illegal interview questions, and the costs of continuing research and professional involvement without access to institutional financial support when one is under- or unemployed. This year I teach at the University of Victoria. In previous years I’ve taught at the University of British Columbia, Quest University Canada, Queen’s University, the University of Oregon, and Kwantlen University College. I am past chair of the SMT Committee on the Status of Women.

Adrian Childs (Associate Professor, Chair of Composition and Theory, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia)
Main Focus: navigating outness, campus advocacy, job searches

The climate and challenges for openly queer academics are constantly changing, and I would be happy to serve as a sounding board for you in navigating those issues. I have dealt with being out while searching for jobs, being the only out person in the school, and being out in culturally conservative areas. I have been involved with campus advocacy (in both leadership and supporting roles) for non-discrimination policies, domestic partnership policies, and research and family leave policies. I also have significant experience with faculty governance and faculty searches. My husband is also an academic, so I am attuned to the needs of dual-academic-career same-sex couples.


  1. Good luck with the site! I can share with you that, in my twelve years as chair of my department, I personally hired 56 women out of the 150 adjunct faculty members I had working for me at one time or other. I know that doesn’t seem like a high number, but rest assured that I tried my best to give women preference whenever possible because I was well trained by my professor mother. That result may just be a result of the pool from which I had to choose which was very often the CUNY Graduate Center.

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