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Owning Our Service: Graduate Student Leadership in Classics

SCS Graduate Student Committee Panel
Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C.
January 2-5, 2020

Routinely listed last in the triad of academic duties, service can offer substantive opportunities to make change, lead, and build community in Classics. Institutional involvement at the departmental, university-wide, regional, and national level can be particularly valuable for graduate students seeking to build professional networks and make meaningful change in their disciplines. No less importantly, experiences also offer graduate students opportunities to build professional skills applicable beyond the academy.

The SCS Graduate Student Committee seeks to organize a panel at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies that highlights dynamic service and leadership experiences among Classics graduate students. The panel seeks to ask how graduate students can own their service work and leverage their leadership experiences to make positive change in the Classics community at large, advance their own academic careers, and develop skills marketable both within and outside of academia. Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Service as graduate student representative in departments, unions, university-wide student governments, or committees;
  • Community building and graduate-student-led institutional change at universities;
  • Departmental strategies for incorporating graduate students in departmental affairs (e.g. in hiring decisions, graduate student admissions, curricular reform, etc.); or
  • Reflections on ways in which research and scholarship inform approaches to leadership and service.

We welcome anyone, and especially current and recent graduate students, to submit abstracts of no more than 300-words for 15-minute papers by March 15, 2019 to the co-organizers, Del A. Maticic and Robert Santucci, at Potential panelists must be able to attend the SCS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2020.