The Career Sessions for ASTR 2012 in Nashville have been finalized, and will be offered from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. on Friday, November 2.
CS1: Publish, Don't Perish: Articles - Davidson A, Floor 2
This session will address every aspect of writing and publishing articles in journals devoted to theatre and performance as well as those less focused on the field. Speakers are also prepared to discuss publishing work in essay collections. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Catherine Schuler, Former Editor, Theatre Journal, University of Maryland; Leo Cabranes-Grant, Theatre Survey, University of California-Santa Barbara; Mike Sell, author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Alan Ackerman, Modern Drama, University of Toronto
CS2: Publish, Don't Perish: Books - Davidson B, Floor 2
This session will offer advice for those preparing to write and publish their first monograph. Those assembled have experience with a range of presses and have seen the book-publishing process from a number of angles. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: LeAnn Fields, University of Michigan Press; Kristine Priddy, Southern Illinois University Press; Jill Dolan, Princeton University;
Shane Vogel, Indiana University
CS3: Under Pressure: Claiming Success and Sanity in your Pre-tenure Years - Suite 4a, Floor 4
This session brings together scholars who are either on the tenure track or recently tenured and willing to share the decisions that have shaped their experiences. They will discuss what has worked well and what has not, offering both advice and caveats—all to help attendees remember that success and sanity go together (or it's not success). Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Kirsten Pullen, Texas A&M University; Paige McGinley, Yale University; Brian Herrera, Princeton University
CS4: Surviving and Thriving during the Dissertation - Capitol Ballroom 3 and 4, Floor 2
This session explores strategies for successful dissertation writing, including choosing committee members, nurturing those relationships, and getting the writing done well. Emphasis will be placed on developing life-long writing and research habits that lay the foundation for being a productive writer and scholar. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Jean Graham-Jones, CUNY Graduate Center; David Saltz, University of Georgia; Harvey Young, Northwestern University
CS5: Navigating the Changing Job Market: Beyond US Borders - Suite 4B, Floor 4
This session will address strategies for pursuing academic employment outside of the United States. Speakers will discuss a range of topics, including avenues for making contacts abroad and the differing criteria for professional advancement. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Josh Abrams, University of Roehampton; Charlotte McIvor, National University of Ireland, Galway; James Harding, University of Warwick
CS6: Navigating the Changing Job Market: Academic Alternatives - Suite 5A, Floor 5
This session features accomplished professionals who earned doctoral degrees in Theatre or Performance Studies and chose a path other than college teaching. The discussion will help attendees think dynamically about their many career options. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manger, Disney Theatrical Group; Rebecca Hewett, ACLS Public Fellow and Cultural Programs Specialist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
CS7: Pedagogical Predicaments: Meeting the Challenge of 21st-Century Teaching - Suite 5B, Floor 5
Speakers will offer their best advice about teaching today. The session will address the teaching of ethnography and performance studies as well as the teaching of theatre history and historiography. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.
Moderators: Catherine Cole, University of California-Berkeley; Henry Bial, University of Kansas; Soyica Diggs Colbert, Dartmouth College
CS8: Show Me the Money: Raising Funds for Individual Research and Program Transformation - Suite 7A, Floor 7
This session is presented by the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee. As students, faculty, and programs are called upon to be more "entrepreneurial," raising funds for individual research initiatives and program transformation becomes an increasingly urgent issue. This career session offers suggestions and strategies for approaching this often daunting process, whether participants are seeking support for solo projects, or larger, institution-wide initiatives.
Moderators: Amy Cook, Indiana University; Valleri Hohman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Heather S. Nathans, University of Maryland
CS9: Size Matters: Unique Challenges & Opportunities in Small Liberal Arts Colleges - Suite 7B, Floor 7
This session explores the unique situation of teaching theatre, performance, and dance in a small liberal arts college. Topics of discussion may include: balancing teaching and research; identifying mechanisms that support research activities; evolving curricular frameworks; crediting and assessing practical theatre, performance, and dance work; teaching theory and practice; service expectations (for junior and senior faculty); teaching loads; unusual department configurations and responsibilities; interdisciplinary collaboration across campus; liaison duties; building the tenure file; and more. Please come with questions and discussion suggestions, as the goal of the session is to engage in collective conversation and community building for those of us who work in small arts departments and in small schools. A long-term goal, for those interested, is for this group to become an ongoing resource for the many of us in SLACS and similar institutions.
Moderators: Kate Bredeson, Reed College; Lara D. Nielsen, Macalester College