Aga Khan Documentation Center program head selected as mentor for two professional organizations

Sharon Smith to help PhDs explore career trajectories

Sharon C. Smith, Ph.D., program head of the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, has been selected to serve as a mentor for early-career and emerging scholars and librarians as well as those considering alt-ac (alternative-academic) career trajectories outside of traditional tenure-track professorships.

Smith is serving as a mentor for both the Middle East Librarians Association and the Renaissance Society of America and has been assigned a mentee from each organization at this time.

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) is a research center supporting teaching of, and scholarship on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on the research and teaching activities of the faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA).