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November 17-20, 2018

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Student Lounge Roundtable

Statement of Purpose: 

The Student Lounge Roundtable Series (SLRS) consists of a series of roundtable conversations/workshops dedicated to professional development and the current needs of graduate students. These roundtable conversations/workshops are meant to encourage dialogue, learning, and collaboration that allow graduate students to engage with the various topics in a collegial setting. Rather than being traditional conference presentations, the SLRS workshops are meant to stimulate discussion and learning over a particular area of focus. The SLRS is sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee and are led by graduate students, professors, and other professionals with relevant expertise to offer.

Please note: Submissions to the SLRS do not count toward the two-proposal submission limit within the PAPERS system.

Call for Papers: 

The Student Lounge Roundtable Series (SLRS) consists of a series of roundtable workshops/conversations dedicated to professional development and the current needs of graduate students. These roundtable conversations/workshops are meant to encourage dialogue, learning, and collaboration that allow graduate students to engage with the various topics in a collegial setting. Rather than being traditional conference presentations, the SLRS workshops are meant to stimulate discussion and learning over a particular area of focus. The SLRS is sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee and are led by graduate students, professors, and other professionals with relevant expertise to offer.

Please note: Submissions to the SLRS do not count toward the two-proposal submission limit within the PAPERS system.

The Graduate Student Committee invites scholars of religion to share their hard-earned wisdom in the Student Lounge Roundtable Series. We are looking for individuals who will be responsible for leading a conversation or workshop (60-90 minutes) about a topic of practical interest to student members. A variety of formats are welcome. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Online resources and computer programs to aid research, writing, or teaching
• Managing a specific stage of graduate school (courses, exams, thesis, ABD, etc.)
• Research project design or methods
• Balancing graduate school with other dimensions of life and identity
• Coping with the mental and emotional pressures of graduate school and/or the job search
• Strategies for thriving as a member of an underrepresented community in the academy
• Creating or managing an online presence (websites, blogging, online portfolios, etc.)
• Job market (applications, interviews, alt-ac, etc.)
• Publishing (open access vs. peer review; alternative forms of publishing, etc.)
• Teaching (activities, online, technology, controversial issues, etc.)
• Presenting research to the public
• Networking
• Grant writing
• CV writing
• Leadership

Please send a brief proposal (~150 words) and a CV to Emma Rifai at emma-rifai@uiowa.edu by March 1, 2018 and cc: GSC Chair and AAR Student Director, Rachel Toombs at Rachel_Toombs@baylor.edu. Please indicate if you are willing to co-present if your topic aligns with another proposal. Roundtable time slots are flexible. If accepted, please be prepared to create a short video to be used by the GSC for publicity purposes prior to the annual conference.

Method: 
E-mail without Attachment (proposal appears in body of e-mail)
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times
Leadership: 
Chair