PHI ALPHA THETA, DELTA XI (UTAH STATE), FACULTY MENTOR
Starting in Fall 2017, I will serve as the faculty advisor to Utah State University’s Delta Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Phi Alpha Theta is a professional honors society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. In January 2018, I will accompany a number of undergraduate and graduate students presenting at the biennial Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since I regularly teach Western Civilization, I am always willing to review new textbooks in the field. I have reviewed Western Civilization textbooks for Bloomsbury as well as Oxford University Press.
THE SYMPOSIUM ON GENDER, HISTORY, AND SEXUALITY
The UT History Department’s Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality provides graduate students and faculty members a forum in which to present and discuss works-in-progress dealing with any aspect of gender and sexuality. Meetings are held every other week on Fridays, with scholars presenting works-in-progress, recently published articles, book manuscripts, and conference presentations. Lunch is always served. The Gender Symposium (for short) has become a cornerstone to the Graduate Program in UT’s History Department.
In 2013-2014, I served as the Symposium’s Co-Coordinator. With the faculty adviser and my Co-Coordinator, I organized a year-long program, facilitated catering orders, and advertised the events. Our main goal was to increase graduate student attendance and participation in Gender Symposium, transforming the forum into a keystone of the Graduate Program where students were encouraged to present their work; network with scholars; and meet fellow graduate students with similar interests. By modernizing Gender Symposium’s image with an active Facebook group, a listserv, more visible marketing techniques, and a more dynamic event schedule, we achieved this goal. Under our leadership, Gender Symposium increased in attendance nearly 400%. For more information about Gender Symposium, including information on how to submit an abstract to present, please visit the website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/gender-symposium/overview.php
WESTERN SOCIETY FOR FRENCH HISTORY 39th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Between May 2011 and November 2011 I served as the Program Assistant for the 39th Annual Conference of the Western Society for French History. Working with the WSFH President, I reviewed paper and panel applications, organized panels, and coordinated the conference’s schedule. I also found chairs and commentators for panels when necessary. Furthermore, I notified all applicants of their paper/panel’s status and was the main contact person for questions. Before entering graduate school, I worked in a public relations firm as an Assistant Office Manager and in the Education Abroad Office, honing my organizational and clerical skills. Acting as Program Assistant further developed my organizational and clerical skills, but in an academic context which will serve me well in the future.