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Professional Development Committee
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The Professional Development Committee is concerned with career issues throughout the life cycle of the Society’s members both within and beyond the classroom. The committee endeavors to:
  • Focus on all aspects of the career landscape and life cycle, including the ways in which our members’ identities and personal lives intersect with their careers
  • Develop resources for members in all institutional locations
  • Educate members regarding professional issues, especially when new concerns arise
  • Liaise with various member committees on projects that cross interests
  • Advocate with other organizations on behalf of the interests and needs of members

For excellent resources related to career/professional development, visit the Career Resources section of the SBL website. See also the resources provided by the Status on Women in the Profession Committee, the Student Advisory Board, and the Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee.

The committee also has an active Facebook page that has information on upcoming programming and encourages discussion among members of the SBL community about issues and concerns related to our mission. It provides a forum for SBL members to discuss what professional development services and programming they would like to see.

Committee handbook

Members of the committee

Bruce Birch

Greg Carey

David L. Eastman

Cynthia Edenburg

Wil Gafney

Hilary Lipka- Chair

Tina Pippin

Charles Haws - Staff Liaison


Resources

These presentations come from a session at the 2015 Annual Meeting entitled "Why do I want to be a mentor, and how do I get good at it?”  The presenters shared thoughts about their own experiences being mentored (or not), and how this impacted their approach to mentoring. The comments covered mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and younger colleagues in the field.
 
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