New England-Maritimes Region
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Ways of Knowing: A Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School
October 26-27, 2012
Harvard Divinity School
Conference Program (PDF)
This graduate student conference will present research on religious practices of knowledge. Coming from a variety of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches, paper presentations will explore epistemic practices and patterns, especially in relation to religious subjectivities, authorities, and experiences. Professor Rebecca Sachs Norris (Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College) will give the Keynote Address on Friday evening. For more information and to register please see our website: www.hds.harvard.edu/gradreligionconference.
Envisioning Alternative Academic Careers
Amy Hale, PhD
A NEMAAR-Sponsored Workshop
Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:00am-1:00pm
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 1:00-4:00pm
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Room 201
147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
How do we sustain ourselves as scholars when most academic jobs are casual and part-time? In 2005, adjuncts made up 57% of the faculty at Harvard and 70% at Boston University. The shift away from tenure-track positions has only continued, creating new financial, social, and emotional challenges for those who entered academia hoping for professorships. This new academic job market demands a creative, entrepreneurial approach to making a living — as well as the willingness to collaborate in maintaining the academy’s mission to serve the public.
This three-hour workshop is designed to help academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences to approach academic work as only one part of a wider picture that potentially integrates a variety of income streams. Participants will examine their own history and relationships to academia, and become more empowered through discovering marketable skill sets they may not know they possess. We will strategically build sustainable life strategies, considering what activities and relationships bring us real joy and can therefore be maintained in the long term. Finally, we will discuss what scholars can do as a group to support meaningful liberal arts education in a time of economic crisis.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Reframe the issue of work/life balance in the context of an academic career
- Describe their abilities in terms of generalizable skill sets
- Consider the role of online teaching in twenty-first-century education
- Explore the personal and professional benefits of collaboration
- Begin to build a broad-based network that supports scholars individually, while also furthering sustainable alternative and traditional environments for scholarship
Amy Hale has been working as an "adjunctpreneur" for a decade and has built a successful career through combining online teaching in the Humanities, course design, consulting and research. She makes her home in Oakland, CA, where she also enjoys singing barbershop, lifting weights, gardening, dancing, writing and enjoying the company of her husband and two cats. Explore Amy’s blog on alternative academic careers and online teaching: http://www.amyhale.weatherlight.com/
Christine Hoff Kraemer will facilitate this session. She is a member of New England Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion (NEMAAR) and her own alternative career path of writing and teaching through the internet-based Cherry Hill Seminary inspired her to propose this event.
This event is sponsored by NEMAAR. It follows up on focus groups convened by Regional Coordinator Grove Harris in response to concerns of members of the region.
This event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Christine Kraemer at email@example.com.