Professional Development 2009 Panel Sessions


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Friday, October 30, 2009

1103. Maximizing Your Conference Experience; Area: Professional Development

This discussion will show participants ways to get the most out of their conference experience, including tips for making successful conference presentations, strategies for developing contacts and having conversations with scholars in your areas of interest, and suggestions for maximizing your overall time there. It also will introduce the culture of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association meeting and its relationship to the National Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. New conference-goers are encouraged to attend and bring their questions.


  • MaryAnn Janosik, Provost/VPAA/Professor of History, Saint Joseph’s College
  • Paul Booth, College of Communication, DePaul University
  • Angela M. Nelson, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
  • Chair: Angela M. Nelson

Saturday, October 31, 2009

2201. Creating a Curriculum Vitae; Area: Professional Development

“The Curriculum Vitae: An Introduction to Presenting and Promoting Your Academic Career”

An effective curriculum vita, or “CV,” is essential when gaining admission to doctoral programs, applying for university teaching positions, advancing an academic career, and maintaining a lifelong professional image. The purpose of this seminar will be to provide guidelines about organizing, drafting, and editing a curriculum vita. Participants will learn the difference between résumés, vitas, cover letters, recommendation letters, and teaching portfolios; the types & purposes of CVs; the uses of CVs; the seven essential components & nine non-essential components of a CV; sources of CV content; steps for writing and formatting a basic CV; moral, ethical, and legal considerations; and the future of the CV. The Curriculum Vitae seminar is suited for master’s and doctoral students across all disciplines as well as tenure-track faculty or other faculty that need to update an existing CV. Participants are encouraged to bring a current résumé or CV to the seminar. 

  • Chair/Presenter: Angela M. Nelson, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
  • Seminar Handout