Annual Report 2009 Excerpts May 11, 2009Posted by hssgecc in Uncategorized.
The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) works on several items that relate to the HSS annual meeting. The GECC coordinated several events for the 2008 annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. These included a session titled “From Dissertation to Book: A Roundtable on First-Time Scholarly Book Publication.” This session was extremely well attended (over 50 members) and editors from three major presses shared their insights on publication with graduate students and early career scholars. We hosted a roommate finder tool on our blog and disseminated news of the HSS “free rooms” for graduate students attending the 2008 meeting. We coordinated with senior scholars to roll out an initial mentorship program at the annual meeting, which included coordinating mentor- volunteers with mentees and setting up initial guidelines for the program. Our officer in charge of the mentorship program, Taika Dahlbom, ran a survey of the participants in last year’s initial program and is developing the protocol for future mentorship programs to run at annual meetings. According to feedback from our members, a mentoring mixer or other social hour may help facilitate mentor/mentee interaction. Taika has written an introduction to the mentorship program, which can be found here: https://hssgecc.wordpress.com/mentorship-program/. We also coordinated a social outing (billed as a happy hour event) for our members at a historic brewpub in a Pittsburgh church. Finally, we held our annual meeting with members in which several issues were discussed, including travel grant funding, social events at the meeting, and future goals for the caucus. New officers were also elected during this meeting.