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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for Papers: “1977-2017: The IWY National Women’s Conference In Retrospect” November 5-7, 2017, University of Houston

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference, the domestic answer to the United Nations’ International Women’s Year initiative.  The Houston Conference, as it came to be known, was the largest federally mandated gathering of American women in history.  On this occasion, 2000 delegates elected from fifty states and six territories and roughly 16,000 observers came together to craft a twenty-six plank National Plan of Action, submitted to President Jimmy Carter in 1978.  The conference remains one of the most imaginative and wide-ranging exercises in civic enga

SAWH Conference Panel on Food or Domestic Labor


I am thinking ahead to organize a panel for the 11th Annual SAWH Conference at University of Alabama June 7-10, 2018. I would like to present an adapted chapter from my dissertation on the role of enslaved cooks of antebellum Charleston in interpreting their masters' conceptualization and expectations of "appropriate" food. Topics under which we could unite as a panel include experience of enslaved laborers, domestic laborers, food production or consumption, etc.

Applications are due August, 15 2017.


Kelly Kean Sharp

Re: Mentoring Discussion Series

Jean is absolutely right! (I just posted a longer reply, but H-net ate my homework!) Pacing is everything. Don't shoot yourself in the foot by assigning too many long papers in too short a time! When I taught 15 hours a week, giving students a first-draft option for term papers, and letting them re-submit an improved version, was noble but ill-advised. Plan your syllabus with the utmost care, and have fun. That's why we chose this path, yes?

Re: Mentoring Discussion Series

One mistake/learning experience I had in my first semesters on tenure-track was in deciding what kinds of assignments to give and how much reading to assign. As a Teaching Fellow graduate student, I taught two classes of about 40 each. Moving on to tenure-track, I went to teaching about 300 students per semester. With that many students, requiring the same amount of written work meant grading for days. Also, my students in a regional public university rebelled against the amount of reading I had assigned at the R1 where I attended grad school.

Re: Mentoring Discussion Series

I was helped to avoid a major mistake made by many new professors. When I got my PhD, I could not find a job right away so my alma mater hired me as an adjunct. They gave me an office on a floor away from the rest of the faculty and graduate students. At the time, I was a little miffed because I could not see my friends as easily. Only late in the semester did my mentor explain to me that this was done on purpose, so that I wold learn to behave as a professor instead of as a graduate student. When I moved on to other jobs, I had already made this difficult transition.


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