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   Conference Guides Program

Whether you'll be attending for your first time, your fifth, or your thirtieth, please consider taking part in the conference guides program hosted by the SMT Professional Development Committee. The conference guides program offers a simple and informal means for longer-term SMT members to connect with newer members while opening a door for additional social and professional interaction for less-experienced conference participants. If you are a newer member of the society, we would like to extend a hearty welcome to you by pairing you with members of the society who know their way around the meeting. This helps to break some of the formal ice and to demystify the conference. If you are a long-term member, please consider serving as a guide to assist in making the newer member’s experience at the conference pleasant and productive.

How might conference guide assist a newer SMT member? Here a few of the many possibilities:

  • finding a session to attend together and debriefing afterwards;
  • getting together over coffee to answer questions about the structure of SMT, the purposes of the conference, and how these purposes are carried out in the various forums (paper sessions, panel sessions, meetings, job interviews, etc.);
  • attending the opening reception, the exhibit room, a concert, a meal, or another social event and making introductions;
  • just being a friendly and supportive contact throughout the meeting (and shortly before and after, if possible)

All involved should plan to meet on Thursday, October 29th, from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.

The conference guides program is not intended to provide detailed career advice or academic mentorship.

Any attendees wishing to be paired with a guide and any SMT members wishing to serve as guides (please volunteer!) are invited to contact Elizabeth Sayrs directly by two weeks before the conference. If you have already indicated your interest by checking the box on your registration form, it would be appreciated if you could confirm directly with Elizabeth Sayrs as well.

Thank you for your support of this program.

  CV review session

The SMT Professional Development Committee (PDC) will be hosting a CV Review Session at the upcoming SMT Annual Meeting in Milwaukee. The CV Review Session will be held on Friday, November 7, from 1:00-3:00 in room 101 C of the Wisconsin Center. Whether you are actively seeking a position this year, or you anticipate applying for a job in the near future, or you simply want to be prepared on general principle, you are warmly invited to consult with our faculty reviewers. This year’s reviewers are:

  • Sarah Ellis (University of Oklahoma)
  • YouYoung Kang (Scripps College)
  • Rebecca Leydon (Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music)
  • Richard Plotkin (University at Buffalo)
  • Peter Silbermann (Ithaca College)
  • Stephen Slottow (University of North Texas)
  • Deborah Stein (New England Conservatory)

Please bring several copies of your CV in case you would like to consult with multiple reviewers. You are also strongly encouraged to bring your cover letter for additional feedback. This session is open to all SMT members (graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars alike). It is not necessary to sign up in advance, but queries may be directed to the chair of the CV Review Session, Melissa Hoag, hoag@oakland.edu.

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Monday, December 9, 2019