Dr. Travis Boyce
Field: Africana Studies/Social Sciences
SR-EIP: Yale University (2001)
Undergrad: Claflin University (2002)
Graduate School: Ohio University (History MA, 2004/Cultural Studies in Education PhD, 2009)
Current Position: Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Africana Studies Program
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Can you talk about how your summer experience prepared you for graduate school?
I emphasize, as a professor, how important it is for undergraduates to engage in original research of some sort. I believe that doing so demonstrates to graduate admissions committees and employers alike that one can work independently and has the necessary skills to be a critical thinker and scholar. In that regard, The Leadership Alliance prepared me for that. Having the opportunity to complete primary research was great. Additionally, credit my experience with providing me exposure to graduate level work. I realized that the expectations were much higher in graduate school.
Can you talk about the role of mentorship in your career?
Mentorship, to me, is two-fold. On one hand, mentees must consider a mentorship based on proximity to the mentor and, of course, the similarity of research interests. On the other hand, I think it’s important, as a faculty member/mentor, that one reaches out to students who display a genuine desire to pursue more advanced degrees in higher education. The most important aspect of mentorship is establishing lifelong mentorships, through which both parties remain connected beyond receipt of the degree well into the mentee’s professional career.
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