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My first book was to have been published in 2005. In early 2003, about six months after finishing my dissertation, I signed a contract with Smithsonian Books, and later that spring I won a nice grant from the Graham Foundation that enabled me to travel and complete the book research. I was fortunate to have a postdoctoral fellowship that afforded me sufficient time to finish the manuscript by Spring 2004.

That fall, after I’d reviewed a second set of proofs for the book, the Smithsonian announced that it was reorganizing its press. The result was that most of its academic authors, including me, were released from their contracts. I was, needless to say, devastated — but the Smithsonian’s wonderful executive editor, and my editor, Caroline Newman, effectively became my agent. Within three or four months I had found a new home for the book at the University of Minnesota Press. Even though the manuscript had gone out for external review and passed through rounds of edits and proofs with the Smithsonian, I had to go through it all over again at Minnesota. The book finally came out in Spring 2007 — two years later than initially planned.

I should have another book out by now. That’s what I keep telling myself. The voices of self-criticism have been particularly loud lately, as I look ahead to the August 1 deadline for my tenure dossier. When I scan through the c.v.’s for other junior scholars who are going up for, or who’ve recently gone up for, tenure, I often see a much longer lists of publications…and editorial boards…and keynote addresses.

There are certain areas in which I blow those others out of the water, though. While others might have three or four committees listed under “Service,” I’ve got pages and pages of appointments and chaired committees and other service activities. It’s just too bad that those areas don’t count for much in the tenure review process. Service, sadly, is something that junior scholars aren’t supposed to do.

Yet I’ve done it. A lot of it (Many have commented on the politically sensitive nature of inviting junior faculty to serve on senior-level committees, and on how hard it is to say no). When I organize all those “non-scholarly” activities on my c.v. in chronological order, I get a better sense of what I’ve been doing with my time these past few years. It becomes apparent just how hard it is to get your footing, to establish yourself as a “serious scholar,” when you’re busy serving.

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What follows are my long-term appointments. I haven’t included any short-term or one-time contributions — or course prep for the 13 new classes I’ve developed over the past seven years, or work involved with handling 30 or 40 advisees and four or five thesis advisees every semester:

2004-2005

  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator: reviewed ~400 admissions folders, organized faculty interviews of candidates, determined scholarship awards, contacted top-ranked candidates
  • Thesis Coordinator and Advisor: developed thesis committee, proposal, and submission policies and created Thesis Handbook; hosted Thesis Information Session each semester and oversaw thesis committee organization; collected and vetted all thesis proposals and completed theses; in 2004-5, served as outside reader on 44 thesis proposals and 20 completed theses

2005-2006

  • Thesis Coordinator and Advisor: hosted Thesis Information Session each semester and oversaw thesis committee organization; collected and vetted all thesis proposals and completed theses
  • Co-Director, Project Media Space | Public Space, with Dr. Elizabeth Ellsworth, Department of Media Studies and Film, The New School
  • Chair, Curriculum and Advising Committee
  • Chair, Admissions Committee
  • Member, Media Research Methods Curriculum Review Committee, 2005
  • Member, History, Theory & Criticism Curriculum Review Committee, 2005

2006-2007

  • Director of Graduate Studies: oversaw curriculum and faculty development for a graduate program with over 500 students and 80+ principal and adjunct faculty; organized, with Executive Secretary’s assistance, each semester’s course schedule, with 60 to 70 classes per semester, and course guide; recruited and trained new part-time faculty and co-organized and oversaw system by which all part-time union faculty are observed and evaluated every year; led all information sessions and recruitment events for prospective and accepted students (8-10 per year); with Department Chair, conducted final review of all prospective student applications (roughly 500 per year), determined final scholarship awards, contacted all top-ranked candidates; developed and coordinated student travel grant program
  • In absence of Student Services Coordinator in Fall 2006: I coordinated all independent studies and 30+ internships; handled all course waivers, registration complications, financial aid queries and appeals, graduation petitions, and international student paperwork; coordinated fall 2006 and spring 2007 registration; and organized Spring 2007 New Student Orientation
  • Thesis Coordinator and Advisor: hosted Thesis Information Session each semester and oversaw thesis committee organization; collected and vetted all thesis proposals and completed theses
  • Chair, Curriculum and Advising Committee
  • Member, Advising Committee
  • Chair, Department Graduate Advising Coordinator Search Committee
  • Member, Department Executive Secretary Search Committee
  • Member, Divisional Appeals Committee
  • Member, Chairs and Directors Group
  • Participant, IDEO Space Planning Research
  • Member, Design and Social Science Curriculum Committee, Provost’s Office
  • Member, Search Committee, Assistant/Associate Professor in Interactive Game Design, Department of Communication Design and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Member, Search Committee, Department Chair, Department of Media Studies and Film
  • Member, Faculty Development Grant Program Advisory Committee, Provost’s Office

2007-2008

  • Director of Graduate Studies: oversaw curriculum and faculty development for a graduate program with over 500 students and 80+ principal and adjunct faculty; organized, with Executive Secretary’s assistance, each semester’s course schedule, with 60 to 70 classes per semester, and course guide; collaborated on major revision of methodology curricula: developed new, specialized variable-credit methods courses; developed Media and Urban Environments area of study, and co-developed, with Barry Salmon, Sound Studies area of study; recruited and trained new part-time faculty and co-organized and oversaw system by which all part-time union faculty are observed and evaluated every year; represented program at all University Teaching Assistant recruitment events; reviewed TA applications; interviewed candidates; selected and trained TA’s; led all information sessions and recruitment events for prospective and accepted students (8-10 per year); with Department Chair, conducted final review of all prospective student applications (roughly 500 per year), determined final scholarship awards, contacted all top-ranked candidates
  • Thesis Coordinator and Advisor: hosted Thesis Information Session each semester and oversaw thesis committee organization; collected and vetted all thesis proposals and completed theses
  • Chair, Curriculum and Advising Committee
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, Chairs and Directors Group
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Juror, Interdisciplinary Memory Conference Exhibition
  • Member, Media Curricular Committee, Provost’s Office
  • Member, WNSR Radio Advisory Board
  • Member, Search Committee, Department Chair, Department of Media Studies and Film
  • Member, Faculty Development Grant Program Advisory Committee, Provost’s Office

2008-2009

  • Director of Graduate Studies: oversaw curriculum and faculty development for a graduate program with over 500 students and 80+ principal and adjunct faculty; organized, with Executive Secretary’s assistance, each semester’s course schedule, with 60 to 70 classes per semester, and course guide; taught first iteration of new required, introductory graduate lecture course, which involved the recording of weekly lectures and oversight of discussion sections; recruited and trained new part-time faculty and co-organized and oversaw system by which all part-time union faculty are observed and evaluated every year; represented program at all University Teaching Assistant recruitment events; reviewed TA applications; interviewed candidates; selected and trained TA’s; led all information sessions and recruitment events for prospective and accepted students (8-10 per year); with Department Chair, conducted final review of all prospective student applications (roughly 500 per year), determined final scholarship awards, contacted all top-ranked candidates; developed content for online Orientation site and much content for revised department website
  • Chair, Required Courses Committee
  • Member, Chairs and Directors Group
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Assistant Professor in International Affairs and Media Search Committee
  • Member, Search Committee, Deans of Parsons’ College of Art, Media & Technology
  • Member, Faculty Development Grant Program Advisory Committee, Provost’s Office
  • Co-Organizer, Catastrophe Slam, with Dr. Robert Kirkbride (Project Director); Cross-divisional New School design project

2009-2010

  • Member, “Mission/Vision” Committee for Merger of New School for General Studies and Milano The New School for Urban Policy
  • Member, New School Provost’s Office’s Applied Think Tank
  • Invited Participant, Online Learning Charrette, Provost’s Office
  • Member, Search Committee, Dean, Online Learning

2010-2011

  • Member, Assistant Professor in Media Pedagogy Search Committee
  • Member, Senior Civic Engagement Faculty Search Committee
  • Chair, Ph.D. Program Proposal Committee
  • Member, Program Self-Study Committee
  • Member, Space Planning Committee
  • Member, Fellowship Jury, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
  • Member, Innovations in Education Fund Review Committee, Provost’s Office
  • Member, Undergraduate Media Studies Committee, Provost’s Office

Just reading that list exhausts me.

 

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