THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORGANIZATION DEVOTED  TO 
THE SCHOLARLY STUDY OF FILM AND MEDIA
September 2016 - In This Issue:
IMPORTANT  DATES
SEPTEMBER 1
2016-2017 Membership Year Began
SEPTEMBER 30 (5 PM CT)
SEPTEMBER 30 (5 PM CT)

EARLY NOVEMBER
Accept and decline notices emailed

DECEMBER 20 (5 PM CT)
Deadline: Conference travel grant and waiver applications

DECEMBER 23
Preliminary draft of schedule posted at cmstudies.org

MARCH 22 - MARCH 26
Chicago 2017 Conference
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
CINEMA JOURNAL EDITOR FINAL CALL!
EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR'S NOTE
With the conference proposal and award submission deadlines now behind us, September marks the point when we begin looking forward to Chicago 2017. Next year's conference will take place March 22-26 at the beautiful Fairmont, Millennium Park.

In this issue of News Brief, we have provided you with a breakdown of this year's conference proposal and award submissions numbers. You will also find details about what happens next in the conference proposal reading and deliberation process. As noted under Important Dates, accept/decline notices are scheduled to go out the first week of November. The awards deliberations are on a different timeline and will conclude by January 6, with results notifications scheduled to go out to all of those nominated by January 9.

As a final reminder, if you would like to submit a proposal to host a conference event in Chicago, please click here Submissions are due by Friday, September 30 at 5pm CST.

We are pleased to announce that the SCMS Professional Development Committee will be expanding their annual webinars to a quarterly format. This decision was made in large part due to the comments you provided in this year's Conference Survey requesting more professional development opportunities. The committee will be working in collaboration with SCMS Caucuses and SIGs to identify meaningful topics for future webinars. The first in the new series is scheduled for October 8, with details included in this month's issue.

In closing, the Home Office's summer of transitions has now successfully concluded with the rounding out of our new team. In this issue, we are happy to introduce to you Molly Youngblood, our new Program Coordinator. She brings to the role many strengths including institutional administration, archives management, interdepartmental coordination, and public outreach. Molly fills the vacancy left by Lindsey Pendleton earlier in the summer. Lindsey remains with us in the freelance role of Conference Program Liaison through January. Molly looks forward to meeting each of you at the conference in Chicago!

Jill Simpson
Executive Director
SCMS OFFICE STAFF
Jill Simpson
Executive Director

Financial Analyst

Program Coordinator 

Program Assistant 

Conference Manager

2016-2017 Program Liaison
SCMS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
OFFICERS
President, 2015-2017

President Elect, 2015-2017

Secretary, 2015-2018

Treasurer, 2014-2017

BOARD MEMBERS
Mary Beltrán
2014-2017 

2014-2017

2015-2018

2015-2018

2016-2019

2016-2019

NON-VOTING MEMBERS 
Past-President, 2015-2017

Cinema Journal Editor, 2012-2016

Web Content Manager

Representative of Home Office

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CH ICAGO 2017 PROPOSAL NUMBERS
YOU SUBMITTED A PROPOSAL...NOW WHAT?
As Pamela Wojcik, the 2017 Conference Program Committee Chair, and her intrepid team of readers begin the arduous task of reviewing over 1400 proposals, we want to shed some light on the evaluation process.  

Step 1: Evaluation of Proposals
Once the submission deadline has passed, proposals are clustered according to category (workshop, pre-constituted panels, open call papers) and the open-call papers are then grouped according to their topics.  Prior to the submission deadline, the Board of Directors appoints a Program Committee comprising pairs of readers for the various categories of proposals. The Program Committee Chair now distributes the groups of proposals to the reading pairs for their independent evaluations. Proposals are then scored, and the readers send their averaged scores to the Program Chair.  Open-call readers also suggest how accepted papers may fit together into panels.

Step 2:  Panel and Workshop Capacity is Determined
While the readers are hard at work, the SCMS office staff creates a conference grid of all the dates/times/sessions.  The grid reflects the total number of panels and workshops that can be accommodated at the conference.  Once the total number of panels and workshops is determined, this information is communicated to the Program Committee Chair.  

Step 3:  Proposals are Accepted or Declined
As soon as the Program Committee Chair has finalized the proposal decisions, the SCMS Home Office notifies participants whether their submission was accepted or declined.  These notifications are sent in early to mid-November. 

Step 4: Conference Scheduling
The Conference Scheduler's Herculean task now gets under way in scheduling panels and workshops. As soon as the task is completed and reviewed by the Program Chair, a first draft of the schedule is posted at cmstudies.org


To learn more, visit the  Conference FAQ page. 
CHICAGO 2017 AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
2016 - 2017 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
The SCMS Board of Directors wishes to thank all of you who volunteered for  service this year. Over the summer, all committee vacancies were filled and 120 of your dedicated peers are now hard at work carrying on the business of SCMS.  Those with award and program committee assignments have now begun the  important tasks of reading and deliberating your submissions.

For a complete list of 2016-2017 committee assignments, click here .
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

THE 2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP YEAR BEGAN ON 
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

New: Graduate Student Membership Level

Please remember that renewing at the appropriate  income level and considering a further donation helps  keep SCMS accessible to graduate students and  under-resourced colleagues -- especially at a time  when travel funds and research support are declining  at many of our  home institutions.
Additionally, some profile fields have been cleared in order to facilitate the collection of the most up-to-date information from SCMS members. We apologize for any inconvenience (especially if you are a new member or renewed your membership and updated your profile recently.)

Please update your affiliation from the drop down menu as it is vital to our on-going membership research and double-check previously entered information in all the fields. 


As SCMS grows, we hope to continue expanding our research initiatives, of which annually-updated profile information is an essential component. Thank for your for your assistance.
As a reminder, SCMS members are being asked to renew their membership in Scholarly Interest Groups every five years at the time of their membership renewal.  The first re-enrollment is taking place throughout the fall.  SIGs that were formed in the last two years will not be affected. For other SIGs, SCMS members may simply check off the box next to the respective group name(s) when you renew your membership.  If you have already renewed your membership, find the SIG's webpage and follow the link to join at the bottom of the page.
SCMS is pleased to announce its revamped Institutional Membership, which now features distinct levels for PhD programs, MA/MFA programs, and Undergraduate programs, libraries and museums. Please urge your institution to become an SCMS member.  More information on Institutional Memberships can be found here.
WELCOME MOLLY YOUNGBLOOD!

Molly Youngblood joined the SCMS Home Office on August 29 as our new Program Coordinator.  In her new role, Molly will work to provide assistance to the board and members, annual conference administration, and support to the Home Office and Executive Director, Jill Simpson.
Molly moves back to her hometown of Norman, OK after studying Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She brings with her five years of experience in the public library sector, as well as relevant skills she developed from various positions held within higher education while completing her MA degree.   SCMS wishes to welcome Molly to the Home Office!
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Navigating the Academic Job Market:
A Webinar Presented by the SCMS Professional Development Committee

Saturday, October 8, 12:00-1:30pm EST

SCMS members are invited to join the Professional Development Committee in an online discussion of the academic job market, to be presented as a live webinar on Saturday, October 8, at 12pm EST (broadcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R80lt2Y88hk). This free event will feature panelists who have landed tenure-track positions at a variety of institutions and led search committees of their own. Topics for discussion may include tailoring application materials for different types of positions and institutions; protocol for communicating with search committees; strategies for phone, Skype, and in-person interviews; and ways to gain teaching and service experience that may be particularly attractive to search committees. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. While panelists are happy to answer questions about preparing for campus visits and negotiating job offers, the Professional Development Committee plans to offer another webinar on these topics specifically in January. 

Contact: For more information about the event and/or registration steps, please contact Kimberly Hall (Assistant Professor, English; Wofford College) at  hallka@wofford.edu
EPISODE 31: SHAPE THE SONIC SPACE

ACA-MEDIA is back with an extended summer episode courtesy of the SCMS Sound Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SIG). Produced by Tim Anderson, the episode features excellent segments with Jeremy Morris on music formats, metadata and tagging; Brian Fauteux on Canadian college radio; Joan Titus on Shostakovich and musicology; and Nina Cartier on Blaxploitation soundtracks. Enjoy your summer!

Listen here.

IN MEMORIAM
David Lavery
(August 27, 1949 - August 30, 2016)

It is with sadness that SCMS notes the August 2016 passing of David Lavery.

Professor Lavery was faculty in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University where he had been Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Prior to his appointment at MTSU (1993-present), 
Dr. Lavery held appointments at the University of Memphis, at Northern Kentucky University, and several visiting appointments, including a post at East China Normal University in Shanghai. 

Lavery was a dedicated mentor, generous editor, and prolific scholar. His books include-among many others--works on television fandom, authorship, genre, "cult" series, Joss Whedon,
Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and the forthcoming Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Shows (Syracuse University Press), edited with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli.


The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.
 
Areas of Special Interest
M ost of the Center 's fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, theology, and a young woman in philosophy. The Center also invites applicants from scholars in inter-disciplinary fields, including African American Studies, area studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.  
 
Stipends
The amounts awarded are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents. 
 
Facilities and Services
T he Center provides a rich environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas. The Center's unparalleled, comprehensive library service supports Fellows by fulfilling thousands of requests for books and other research materials from out partner institutions in the Triangle, usually within 24 hours, and libraries around the world. Library staff also provide reference assistance and instruction in new online research tools.
 
Support
Fellowships are supported by the Center's endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
Deadline and Application Procedures
Applicants submit an application form, a curriculum vitae, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. The application form and instructions may be found at the Center's website: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org .
Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 18, 2016.

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org          
email: nhc@nationalhumanitiescenter.org

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.
SCMS is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity.  Please consider making a contribution to support our ongoing efforts to promote a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.