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Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is
committed to the support
and professional development
of its student members. In
of this support, the Student Advisory Board
(SAB, previously the Student Advisory Group) was
at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society in Philadelphia,
PA. The establishment
and ongoing promotion
of SAB testifies
to the Society’s dedication to fostering student
membership and participation
in the activities of the Society.
as a Board within the Society’s governance structure,
as such is composed of appointed individuals, both student members
of the Society and a faculty liaison, who work to advise the SBL Council
and opportunities relating to
student membership and participation
in the Society as
a whole. SAB also has
as its core mandate the coordination of student participation
all Society activities,
committees, and programs in an
effort to foster opportunities for student
participation and leadership
In order to achieve
this mandate, SAB works to
at regional, national, and
with a focus on paper presentations
professional skills development; to link SBL student
membership to effective,
facilitated through the development and
maintenance of communication tools such as a webpage and newsletter (look for it in January 2012!); and
to provide support in the development, review and evaluation
of SBL policies
and procedures as
student membership and participation and
to make recommendations,
where appropriate, to SBL Council on these matters.
Please contact Erin Vearncombe if you have questions or would like to volunteer to become an On-campus Student Representative.
A Student Newsletter was started in 2012. See the first issue of Dialogos here.
They will be posted with the other SBL Newsletters on the Society News page.
More information on Student Activities can be found on the Student Page
SAB Committee Members
David L. Eastman
|Patrick George McCullough
|Brandon C. Wason
Student Professional Development
SAB is committed
to the professional development
of graduate students. We know how challenging the job
market is right now, so we want to supplement the training that
students receive at their own university.
Our sessions gather together panelists
universities across the world; these panelists share their expertise and experiences
to help students navigate the sometimes
confusing and challenging waters of
scholarship and academic life.
Previous years included: Getting a Ph.D.: From Application to
Dissertation; Finding Your Niche in
Biblical Scholarship; From Dissertation
to Publication: Advice from
Publishers and Editors; Navigating
the Job Market; and Exploring
Issues in Pedagogy: Diversity
in the Classroom; Balancing Family
and Scholarship; Annual Meeting
Orientation session; Engaging the Wired-In Generation: Knowledge and Learning
in the Digital Age and The Future of Biblical Scholarship: What
Research Still Needs to be Done?
All of our sessions provide ample
time for discussion and questions.