Professional Development 2011 Panel Sessions

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AREA PANELS
Area Chair: Angela Nelson, anelson@bgsu.edu
2011 Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association; 
14-16 October 2011 (Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Wisconsin)

1410. Friday 1:45pm-3:15pm.
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.

*This panel can be attended in conjunction with the Mentor/Mentee meeting.

Panelists:
Paul Booth, College of Communication, DePaul University, <pbooth81@gmail.com>
Angela M. Nelson, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, <anelson@bgsu.edu>
Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, <turner8kathleen@gmail.com>

Chair: Kathleen Turner

1510. Friday 3:30pm-5:00pm.*
Mentor/Mentee Meeting
Area: Professional Development

2201. Saturday 9:45am-11:15am.
MPCA/MACA President’s Roundtable Discussion on Regional Professional Humanities Organizations
Area: Professional Development

“The Future of Regional Professional Humanities Organizations”

The focus of this annual roundtable is all aspects of operating, managing, and participating in regional professional humanities associations such as the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Topics relevant to regional professional humanities associations may include membership, popular and American studies scholarship, budgeting and finances, conference location, officers, policies, media use in meetings, and etc. This year’s topic will focus on the future of regional humanities professional associations. Each panelist will discuss certain aspects of these organizations from their personal experience, providing counsel, advice, recommendations, and projections. Time will be available for panelists to have a discussion with and answer questions from the audience.

Discussants:
Gary Burns, Past PCA/ACA President and Past MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary, <gburns@niu.edu>
Michael T. Marsden, Past MPCA/MACA Executive Council Member, Past PCA/ACA Endowment Chair and Past ACA President, <michael.marsden@snc.edu>
Brendan Riley, MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary, <executivesecretary@mpcaaca.org>

Chair: Angela M. Nelson, MPCA/MACA President, <anelson@bgsu.edu>

2408. Saturday 4:45pm-6:15pm.
Publishing Opportunities in Popular Culture and American Culture Studies.
Area: Professional Development

3211. Sunday 9:45am-11:15am.
Job Search Documents: Cover Letter, CV, Reference Letters, and Teaching Portfolio
Area: Professional Development

This panel will describe and explain the four documents often used in a job search: the cover letter, CV, reference letter, and teaching portfolio. The cover letter, CV, and teaching portfolio are created and written by the job applicant. The reference letter is created by a person other than the job applicant. This session will detail the important differences and also offer tips on writing effective job search documents. Time will be available for panelists to answer questions from the audience concerning the job search in general. This session is useful to anyone seeking a job at a 2-year community college or 4-year college or university.

Panelists/Discussants:
“Teaching Portfolio,” Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, <turner8kathleen@gmail.com>
“Curriculum Vitae,” Angela M. Nelson, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, <anelson@bgsu.edu>
“Cover Letter and Reference Letter,” Paul Booth, College of Communication, DePaul University, <pbooth81@gmail.com>

Chair: Paul Booth