Professional Development Committee


  • Chair: Nancy Rogers (Florida State University)
  • Jenine Brown (graduate student), Diego Cubero (graduate student), Melissa Hoag (Oakland University), You Young Kang (Scripps College), Samuel Ng (University of Cincinnati), Philip Stoecker (Hofstra University)

Conference Guides

For many years the Professional Development Committee (PDC) has sponsored the Conference Guides Program, in which members of SMT who are attending one of their first conferences are paired with more experienced conference goers, who help orient them on the first day, introduce them to other scholars, and in general help them feel welcome at the conference and in the Society.

Student Breakfast

The PDC hosts a Student Breakfast during the Annual Meeting. In the past we have called this a Graduate Student Breakfast, but in recent years more and more undergraduates have wanted to come, so we have opened the event to students at both levels. The breakfast not only offers excellent food, juice, and coffee, but it is also a great way to meet students from other institutions, to begin to develop all-important professional networks, and to learn about conferences and publications that invite student participation.

CV Review Session

The PDC offers a CV Review Session at the Annual Meeting, in which senior members of the society are available to review and critique CVs and cover letters one-on-one with those applying for jobs in the near future. Conference attendees who wish to take advantage of this opportunity should bring at least five copies of both their current CV and a generic cover letter for this session.

Session at 2014 Annual Meeting

SMT’s Professional Development Committee sponsors a session at each Annual Meeting in Charlotte. Details about the upcoming meeting in Milwaukee will be announced by early Fall.

Student Facebook Page

The PDC maintains the SMT student Facebook Page, which is intended specifically for students and first-year faculty. The Facebook Page, which replaces the PDC listserv of past years, provides a safe forum for new members of the professional community to discuss issues relevant to graduate study, applying for jobs, or other questions and concerns, without being shared with the entire SMT membership.

Meeting Proposals

For advice about preparing an effective SMT meeting proposal and for a broad spectrum of successful proposals from recent years, please see the Meeting Proposal page, hosted by the Professional Development Committee.

Special Sessions

Here is a list of some of the special sessions held at previous Annual Meetings of the SMT:

  • 2103: Two short sessions were sponsored this year: (1) Technology-Enhanced Instruction; and (2) Classroom Teaching Videos for Job Applications
  • 2012: A Discussion on Mentoring and Being Mentored
  • 2011: Reaching Beyond the Field
  • 2010: Tenure and the Musical Scholar: Philosophical and Practical Issues
  • 2009: The Teaching Component of the Job Interview
  • 2008: Publishing in Music Theory and Musicology
  • 2007: Presenting at a Conference
  • 2006: Mid-career Renewal
  • 2005: Preparing an Effective Tenure Case
  • 2004: Writing for Publication in Music Theory

Relevant Links

Committee on the Status of Women (CSW)
Report on the demographics of the Society (prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on Demographics)
Chronicle of Higher Education's Career Development Website
College Music Society (Main Site)
American Association of University Professors (National)