Session Title

The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist: Succeeding at Smaller Colleges and Universities (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Massachusetts State Universities Medieval Blog

Organizer Name

John P. Sexton

Organizer Affiliation

Bridgewater State Univ.

Presider Name

Kisha G. Tracy

Presider Affiliation

Fitchburg State Univ.

Paper Title 1

Discussant

Presenter 1 Name

Eric S. Bryan

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology

Paper Title 2

Discussant

Presenter 2 Name

Margaret Cotter-Lynch

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Discussant

Presenter 3 Name

Louise D'Arcens

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Wollongong

Paper Title 4

Discussant

Presenter 4 Name

M. Wendy Hennequin

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Tennessee State Univ.

Paper Title 5

Discussant

Presenter 5 Name

Nikolas O. Hoel

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Northeastern Illinois Univ.

Paper Title 6

Discussant

Presenter 6 Name

Kim Schwenk

Presenter 6 Affiliation

San Diego State Univ.

Paper Title 7

Discussant

Presenter 7 Name

Larry J. Swain

Presenter 7 Affiliation

Bemidji State Univ.

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1005

Description

For many medievalists who are fortunate to find jobs in academe, the professional reality is that we’re unlikely to be surrounded by colleagues who share our areas of expertise and interest. In most cases, a department will hire only a single medieval specialist–and may be hard-pressed to convince administrations or hiring committees to approve even that one. While the advent of digital technologies has brought us the possibility of closer contact and greater collaboration with our fellow medievalists, our resource access, teaching opportunities, tenure cases, and other facets of our professional lives can be affected by our lack of numbers and by questions about the nature and value of what we do. This roundtable, as the title suggests, will address success strategies for professional engagement, curriculum planning, and reappointment & tenure cases as the “lone medievalist” in a department or institution.

John P. Sexton (Organizer)

Kisha Tracy (Moderator)

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May 15th, 10:00 AM

The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist: Succeeding at Smaller Colleges and Universities (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1005

For many medievalists who are fortunate to find jobs in academe, the professional reality is that we’re unlikely to be surrounded by colleagues who share our areas of expertise and interest. In most cases, a department will hire only a single medieval specialist–and may be hard-pressed to convince administrations or hiring committees to approve even that one. While the advent of digital technologies has brought us the possibility of closer contact and greater collaboration with our fellow medievalists, our resource access, teaching opportunities, tenure cases, and other facets of our professional lives can be affected by our lack of numbers and by questions about the nature and value of what we do. This roundtable, as the title suggests, will address success strategies for professional engagement, curriculum planning, and reappointment & tenure cases as the “lone medievalist” in a department or institution.

John P. Sexton (Organizer)

Kisha Tracy (Moderator)