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How to get the most out of the ASTR Mentorship Program

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Friday, November 7, 2014

How to get the most out of the ASTR Mentorship Program
by the GSC Mentorship Committee; co-chairs: Shamell Bell (UCLA) and Christiana Molldrem Harkulich (Pitts)

Oftentimes, the dissertation or thesis advisor is the number one candidate for a good mentor, but there are other alliances to be found in committee members, teaching supervisors, and scholars inside and outside the individual’s institution.

Sometimes there are formal structures for pairing mentors and mentees, but most often these relationships need to be cultivated. Mentorship is a service for faculty members, but not required and not compensated. In a perfect world, faculty members seek out opportunities to mentor in order to produce good and effective scholars and teachers as part of their general vocation. However, with stresses of research and publication, teaching and committee work, mentoring is an additional service load and is often done out of goodness of heart. That, for good or for ill, is the nature and current paradigm of academia.

  • Mentees: Be open and receptive to advice and resources wherever and whenever it comes. Don’t pass these up. Mentorships “emerge,” vs. being assigned.

  • Mentees: Be someone with whom a prospective mentor wants to work. A mentor’s rewards are minimal: they want to work with friendly, enthusiastic, hard working scholars who take notes. If a mentor has to give the same exact advice more than a couple of times to the same mentee, they may start to wonder if their extra time is worth it!

  • Mentees: Be respectful of mentors’ time and patience. They’re there for you to come to with stresses, obstacles, crises, and can be a shoulder to cry on. But try not to become a “standing item on the agenda” as a problem child. Build a network of resources: mentors are part of a support team that includes partners, friends, and family members. Don’t let mentors carry the whole load for your success. They can get burned out, too!

  • Mentees: You’re not the mentor’s only mentee. Good mentors accumulate mentees over the years. In addition to working with their current cohort of graduate students, they’ve got mentees who’ve graduated and are on the job market, mentees out there in the profession, and even undergraduate mentees. If they don’t respond to your email asking for feedback on a paper right away, don’t take it personally.

  •  Mentees: It’s not the mentor’s job to keep tabs on you. If they’ve given you advice on a paper or dissertation chapter, and don’t hear from you again, they may not contact you asking for a follow up.

  • Mentees: The long and short of it is that mentorships are often informal, “off the grid,” and not part of a faculty member’s regular load. That said, a mentor-mentee relationship is a professional one. While the mentor will see you at your worst and most vulnerable and can be a cheerleader, it’s only rarely that you’ll find a “To Sir With Love”-style Sidney Poitier who will come get you out of bed to face the world. Try not to put your mentor in this position.

  • Keep in mind, mentees don’t “graduate.” While a given project (dissertation, publication, conference presentation) may culminate in a successful conclusion, and the intensity and contact between mentor and mentee may wax and wane over the years with continuing projects, your mentor can and will always be your mentor. Your continued success makes them feel good. Keep them posted on what you’re working on. Take them out for coffee at conferences and fill them in on how it’s going.

 

Tags:  ASTR  ASTR Baltimore  ASTR Mentorship Breakfast  astrgsc  christiana molldrem harkulich  GSC Mentorship Committee  shamell bell 

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ASTR GSC 2015 Cabinet

Posted By Michelle Cowin Gibbs, Bowling Green State University, Sunday, November 2, 2014
Please join me in welcoming our 2015 Graduate Student Caucus Cabinet:
 
Kellen HoxworthStanford University 
GSC President and Representative to the Executive Committee
 
Michelle Salerno, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Vice President and Representative to the Committee on Conferences
 
Stephanie Vella, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Vice President and Representative to the Annual Conference Committee
 
Sarah Campbell, Indiana University
Secretary/Historian
 
Haddy Kreie, University of California Santa Barbara
GSC Representative to New Paradigms in Graduate Education 

Each representative will assume office after the ASTR Business Meeting in Baltimore on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Thank you,

President, Graduate Student Caucus
American Society for Theatre Research

Tags:  2015  astr  ASTR Baltimore  astrgsc  graduate students  gsc elections  gsc leadership  haddy kreie  kellen hoxworth  Michelle Cowin-Mensah  michelle salerno  sarah campbell  stephanie vella 

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ASTR GSC 2014-2015 Cabinet Elections - Voting Now Open

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Voting is now open for the ASTR GSC 2014-2015 Cabinet Elections. 

Please note, that you may only vote once and for one candidate in each position. Voting will begin today, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and will conclude on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Please contact us with questions or concerns at graduatestudentcaucus@astr.org.

Click here for an online ballot.  

 Thank you and Good Luck! 


Tags:  2015  ASTR  graduate students  GSC  gsc elections 

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2014 - 2015 GSC Cabinet Nominations - EXTENDED!

Posted By Michelle Cowin Gibbs, Bowling Green State University, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Graduate Student Caucus

GSC OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

EXTENDED!

Self-Nomination Deadline: October 17, 2014@ 9 PM EDT

Voting: October 20-24, 2014 @ 9PM EDT

 

Service to the profession is an important component of any career.  The ASTR Graduate Student Caucus is pleased to announce several opportunities for service in the 2014-2015 GSC Cabinet:  

 

GSC Cabinet Positions

 

The GSC Cabinet consists of the following positions, elected by the GSC membership:

  1. GSC President, Representative to the Executive Committee (filled for 2014-2015 in the ASTR General Election)
  2. GSC Vice President, Representative to the Committee on Conferences
  3. GSC Vice President, Representative to the Annual Conference Committee
  4. GSC Secretary, Representative to the Fundraising Committee
  5. GSC Representative to the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education

 

1) President & GSC Representative to the Executive Committee (Kellen Hoxworth for 2014-2015-- elected in the ASTR General Election)

SCOPE & DUTIES

Oversees holistic organization of the GSC as directed by its membership at large;  

Works closely with the GSC Cabinet and ASTR President;

Advocates for graduate student opportunities to actively participate in ASTR;

Guides GSC initiatives and delegates responsibilities for timely completion; and

Participates in the ASTR Executive Committee meetings in March and November.

 

TERM:  One year as GSC President (November 2014-November 2015)

*To run for President of the GSC the candidate must have previously served on  
the GSC Cabinet.

 

2) GSC Vice-President and Representative to the Committee on Conferences

SCOPE & DUTIES

Assists the GSC President in oversight of GSC operations & initiatives;  

Represents the GSC general membership to the ASTR Committee on Conferences;

Acts as liaison between ASTR Annual Conference Committee, the GSC cabinet and GSC general membership;

 

Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively; 

In the following year’s election, automatically becomes nominee for the position of GSC

President in the absence of other nominations.

 

TERM: One year (November 2014-November 2015)

 

3) GSC Vice-President and Representative to the Annual Conference Committee  

SCOPE & DUTIES

Assists the GSC President in oversight of GSC operations & initiatives; 

Represents the GSC general membership to the ASTR Annual Conference Committee;

Acts as liaison between ASTR Annual Conference Committee, the GSC cabinet and

GSC general membership;

 

Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;

In the following year’s election, automatically becomes nominee for the position of GSC President in the absence of other nominations. 

TERM:  One year (November 2014-November  2015)


4) GSC Secretary / Historian and GSC Representative to the ASTR Fundraising Committee

SCOPE & DUTIES

Takes minutes at GSC meetings and distributes minutes and notes to GSC membership;

Partners with the ASTR Secretary to document and archive the work of the GSC;

Represents the GSC general membership constituency to the ASTR Fundraising Committee as needed;

Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;

Acts as liaison between Mentorship Committee, the GSC cabinet and GSC general membership.

 

 

TERM: One year  (November 2014-November 2015)

 

5) GSC Representative to the ASTR Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education

SCOPE & DUTIES

Represents the GSC general membership on the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education;

Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;

Acts as liaison between this committee, the GSC cabinet and GSC general membership.

 

TERM: One year (November 2014-November 2015)


 

 

The Nomination/Election Process

If you are interested in any of the above elected positions, please nominate yourself by sending a 250-word (max) bio and (optional) recent photograph to graduatestudentcaucus@astr.org.  In your bio, please include:

• Institution

• Research Interests

• Service Experience

• Vision for the Position and the GSC

 

You must email your nomination no later than 9:00p.m. EDT on Friday, October 17, 2014; please put “ASTR GSC Nomination” in the subject line of your message. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours acknowledging your nomination contact Michelle Cowin-Mensah (mmensah@bgsu.edu) or Amanda Boyle (a777b898@ku.edu).  A link to the voting website will be announced to Graduate Student Members of ASTR on October 20, 2014. Voting will be completed the following week. Results will be announced following the voting period.

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[Reminder - Deadline Extended] Call for Volunteers: GSC Conference Assistance Committee for ASTR 2014 in Baltimore

Posted By Ira S. Murfin, Northwestern University, Monday, February 10, 2014

ASTR’s Graduate Student Caucus (GSC), the body representing current and recent graduate students within ASTR, is still looking for graduate students interested in volunteering for the 2014 ASTR Conference Assistance Committee. The conference assistance committee is in charge of putting together a comprehensive information packet to help both graduate students and conference attendees in general navigate the conference and the host city - this year Baltimore! We are in need of additional volunteers and have extended the response deadline until February 21st. Please see below for details:


We seek volunteers to form four subcommittees that will each be tasked with independently gathering and organizing useful information to be compiled into an informational packet in advance of the conference. These are:


  • Arts & Entertainment: Provide a guide to performances, music, museums, nightlife, sightseeing, and other cultural activities, as well as general information about walkable neighborhoods accessible to the conference hotel. May need to coordinate with the Food & Drink and Transportation subcommittees.

  • Food & Drink: Provide a guide to a variety of options for food, coffee, & drinking both convenient to the hotel and worthwhile destinations for those who wish to travel farther afield. May need to coordinate with Arts & Entertainment and Transportation subcommittees, especially to identify dining options near performance venues and other cultural attractions.

  • Transportation: Guide to transportation in Baltimore, including driving directions, information on getting to the conference hotel from transportation hubs by taxi, public transit, etc., and information about getting around Baltimore by public transit, on foot, and by alternative methods (bike sharing, etc.) May need to coordinate with the Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink subcommittees.

  • Conference Navigation: A guide to conference basics, including introducing the different types of sessions at ASTR and how to participate, and highlighting some events and aspects of the conference that may be of particular interest, especially to those newer to ASTR. May need to coordinate with the GSC representatives to the ASTR Executive Committee and a representative from the GSC Web Committee, which has already published some of this information on the GSC blog. It would be useful to have the voice of someone in this group who has attended ASTR before.


Each of these groups will work independently, in consultation with one another and the committee co-chairs, to research and compile a useful set of information for the guide. Some will require more research, writing, and coordination, others are more straightforward. So long as subcommittees work together no individual should have to do an overwhelming amount of work. Once formed, the subcommittees will have 4-5 months to prepare their material before final submission to the committee co-chairs, so there should be plenty of time.


Volunteering for the Conference Assistance Committee is a great way to get involved with the GSC and meet other graduate students in the field. It is also a good professional service credit to add to your CV. You do not have to have attended an ASTR conference before to volunteer, though those who have done so are encouraged to contribute the wisdom of experience, it is nice to have a mix of newer and more experienced perspectives. If you are familiar with Baltimore at all, that is also a plus, though not at all a requirement.


If you are interested in volunteering, please send your contact information and your first and second choices of subcommittees you would like to work on, to committee co-chair Ira S. Murfin at Ira-Murfin@u.northwestern.edu by February 21st.  We will respond with assignments and further instructions soon thereafter.



With thanks,

Areum Jeong & Ira S. Murfin

Conference Assistance Committee Co-Chairs

Tags:  2014  ASTR  Baltimore  conference  Graduate Student Assistance  graduate students  GSC 

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ASTR Associate Web Editor Position now accepting applications

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 6, 2014

ASTR is looking for a new associate web editor and the deadline for application has been extended.  Graduate Students are welcome and encouraged to apply.  Below, please find the information pertinent to the position:

Applications are invited for the position of ASTR Electronic Publications Associate Editor.

The duties of this position include:

  • soliciting and editing Member News following a quarter system (Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter);
  • posting the resulting document to ASTR-L and submit to the ASTR Webmaster for posting on the website;
  • assisting the ASTR Webmaster in proofing and copyediting the website material, checking to see that links are functional, alerting the Webmaster when information becomes out of date, and checking for accuracy and stylistic consistency.

The Electronic Publications Associate Editor position is appointed for a two-year term commencing in January 2014. A letter of application describing the applicant’s qualifications along with a C.V. and the names of two people supporting the application should be sent by 20 January 2014 as email attachments to:

Catherine Cole
Vice President for Publications, ASTR
Chair, Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
University of California, Berkeley
101 Dwinelle Annex
Berkeley, California 94720
publications@astr.org

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