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Friday Career Sessions

#CS 1 - Publish, Don’t Perish: Articles
Oak Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Alan Ackerman, editor of Modern Drama; David Savran, co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre (JADT); E. J. Westlake, an author who has published in a range of journals and edited volumes.

Description: This session will address every aspect of writing and publishing articles in journals devoted to Theatre and Performance Studies 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.


#CS 2 - Publish, Don’t Perish: Books
Far East Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Robin Bernstein, author of New York University Press monograph and edited books; LeAnn Fields, acquisitions editor, University of Michigan Press; Mike Levine, acquisitions editor, Northwestern University Press

Description: 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 seenthe book-publishing process from a number of angles.Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.


#CS 3 - Under Pressure: Claiming Success and Sanity in Your Pre-Tenure Years
Continental Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Brian Herrera, tenure-eligible at University of New Mexico and now at Princeton University; Kirsten Pullen, recently tenured at Texas A&M University; Ann Folino White, tenure-eligible at Michigan Stat eUniversity

Description: 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.


#CS 4 - Surviving and Thriving During the Dissertation
Royal Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley; Laura Dougherty, Winthrop University; Ramón Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University

Description: 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.


#CS 5 - Pedagogical Predicaments: Meeting the Challenge of 21st-Century Teaching
Executive Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Patrick Anderson, University of California, San Diego; Lofton Durham, Western Michigan University; Patricia Herrera, University of Richmond

Description: Speakers will offer their best advice about teaching today. The session will address graduate and undergraduate teaching and service learning opportunities as well as the teaching of performance theory, theatre history, and historiography. Please come with questions; there will be plenty of time for conversation.


#CS 6 - Navigating the Changing Job Market: Industry Applications
Florentine Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group; Rebecca Hewett, Associate Arts Program Specialist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Judith Sebesta, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Distance Learning Program Director

Description: 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.


#CS 7 - Meet the Editors of Theatre Survey
French Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Esther Kim Lee, Editor; Kim Solga, Book Review Editor; Harvey Young, Associate Editor

Description: This session is presented by the editors of Theatre Survey to offer detailed information on the process of publishing articles and book reviews in the journal.The editor, the associate editor, and the book review editor will address how articles and book reviews are evaluated and selected for publication. The editors will also discuss specific case studies of both successful and unsuccessful submissions and answer questions from session participants.


Saturday Career Sessions

#CS 8 - Publish, Don’t Perish: Articles, Part II
Panorama Room, Terrace Level

Moderators: Henry Bial, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (JDTC) editorial collective member; Penny Farfan, editor of Theatre Journal and an author who has published in a range of journals and edited volumes; DJ Hopkins, editor of Theatre Topics

Description: The second part of this session will continue to address every aspect of writing and publishing articles in journals devoted to Theatre and Performance Studies 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.


#CS 9 - Publish, Don’t Perish: Books, Part II
Far East Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Catherine Cocks, acquisitions editor, University of Iowa Press; Mark Cosdon, author of a recent book from Southern Illinois University Press; Robyn Curtis, acquisitions editor, Palgrave

Description: The second part of this session will continue to offer advice for those preparing to write and publish their first monograph. Those assembled have experience with arange 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.


#CS 10 - Under Pressure: Claiming Success and Sanity in Your Pre-Tenure Years, Part II
Continental Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Chase Bringardner, recently tenured at Auburn University; Soyica Diggs Colbert, recently tenured at Dartmouth University; Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, tenure-eligible at University of Pittsburgh

Description: The second part of this session will continue to bring 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.


#CS 11 - New Paradigms: Avoiding the ABD Cliff
Royal Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Valleri Hohman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Michael Leonard Kersey Morris, Tufts University; Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Miami University of Ohio

Description: The time to degree for graduate students in the Humanities currently stands at a stunning 9.5 year swith the majority of these years spent A.B.D. Attrition without completion is a growing concern for many doctoral programs in Theatre and Performance Studies. As an outreach of the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education, this session provides resources and strategies for completing the dissertation in a timely manner to help graduate students avoid the "A.B.D. Cliff.”


#CS 12 - Size Matters: Unique Challenges and Opportunities in Small Liberal Arts Colleges
Executive Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Kate Bredeson, Reed College; Lara Nielsen, Macalester College

Description: 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 ongoin gresource for the many of us in SLACS and similar institutions.


#CS 13 - Navigating New Technologies

Florentine Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Sarah Bay-Cheng, University at Buffalo; Debra Caplan, Baruch College; Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts at Columbia University and President of TLA: Theatre LibraryAssociation

Description: The availability of digital content in the form of text and multimedia offers new opportunities for research and scholarship. With the assistance of tools, applications,and software, we can interact and question digital content in a variety of new ways – text analysis, data mining, and applying mapping technologies, to name a few. Venturing into new modes of investigation and scholarship generates a whole new set of questions. How does a Humanities scholar who focuses on the performing arts begin to attempt new scholarly methods with today’s tools and applications? How do you evaluate tools and software? Where do you go to find assistance, support, and direction within and outside of your institution? Do I need training? Who will store my content? This session attempts to frame the discussion and offer suggestions.


#CS 14 - Navigating the Changing Job Market: Beyond US Borders
French Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Josh Abrams, University of Roehampton; Charlotte McIvor, National University of Ireland, Galway; Kim Solga, Queen Mary, University of London

Description: 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.


#CS 15 - Towards a Mentor Manifesto: Guiding Principles for Effective Mentorship in ASTR
Oak Room, Banquet Level

Moderators: Allan Davis, Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park; Kellyn Johnson, Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panelists:
Dr. Heather Barfield, CFO/ Business Director, Austin Creative Alliance
David Calder, Graduate Student, Northwestern University
Scott Magelssen, Associate Professor,University of Washington
Stacy Wolf, Professor, Princeton University

Description: Organized by the GSC, this career session offers across-generational discussion of mentoring strategies.Participants will consider best practices of mentorship and articulate a vision for it in the field of theatreresearch. This session will open to a larger discussion with attendees, ultimately generating a document on the topic that will be made available to all ASTR members.

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