Past Event: 2014 SBL Student Advisory Board Sessions

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List of Events: (Click a link to jump to its session below)
Annual Meeting Orientation
Embodied Students and Educators
Persons with Disability Issues in the Academy
The Prospects and Pitfalls of Students Participating in Academic Conferences
Scholarship and Social Activism
What I’m Telling My Graduate Students Luncheon


Annual Meeting Orientation:
Practical Tips for Maximizing Your SBL Annual Meeting Experience

Date: 11/22/2014
Time: 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Room: D (Level 3 (Aqua)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)
SBL Code: S22-103a

The Student Advisory Board invites all meeting attendees to an informal Q&A session to share practical tips for maximizing your experience of the SBL Annual Meeting and for full conference participation. The topics discussed at this session include networking opportunities, meeting strategies, and session etiquette. Discussion will be facilitated by experienced meeting attendees. Please join us with your questions.

Krista Dalton, Columbia University in the City of New York
Thomas Whitley, Florida State University
Charles G. Haws, Society of Biblical Literature



Embodied Students and Educators:
Negotiating Gender, Sexuality, and Race in the Classroom

Date: 11/22/2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room 16 A (Mezzanine level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)
SBL Code: S22-213a

If we’re lucky, we have a chance to teach in our field while earning our graduate degrees. A precious few might even receive some training in pedagogy from their institutions. However, one area that deserves more attention and training is how we should negotiate the classroom as embodied educators teaching embodied students. How do we address challenges that arise from differences in gender, sexual, and racial identifications? In what ways do such identifications intersect in the classroom? How do we enable inclusive classrooms? Such matters are particularly sensitive for graduate student educators who need to prove their legitimacy to a host of established interests, including their students. Panelists will share their own experiences as well as offer helpful pedagogical practices for current graduate students who are training to be educators.

The Panel:
Patrick G. McCullough, University of California-Los Angeles, Presiding
Lily Vuong, Valdosta State University, Panelist
Teresa J. Hornsby, Drury University, Panelist
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Drew University, Panelist
Michael Joseph Brown, Wabash College, Panelist


Persons with Disability Issues in the Academy

Date: 11/22/2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room 30 E (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)
SBL Code: S22-235

This session aims to illuminate the barriers faced by scholars and students experiencing disabilities—including mental health disabilities, chronic illness, invisible physical, and sensory disabilities, chronic fatigue and chronic pain, as well as those who identify with the neurodiversity movement or who are on the autism spectrum. The session features three scholars who have navigated the academic world with a disability. This panel will examine issues of negotiating disclosure, navigating physical conference and classroom restrictions, and highlight the institutions and individuals who are working to create policies and practices that improve accessibility. As of now, there is no panel addressing these concerns in the SBL at large, and it is the hope of the panel that graduate students with disabilities will find this panel a source of networking and support for their future academic work.

The Panel:
Krista Dalton, Columbia University in the City of New York, Presiding
Candida Moss, University of Notre Dame, “Negotiating Disclosure” (25 min)
Jeremy Schipper, Temple University, “After a Decade of Disability Studies in SBL” (25 min)
Rebecca Raphael, Texas State University–San Marcos, “Institutional Support for Persons with Disabilities” (25 min)


The Prospects and Pitfalls of Students Participating in Academic Conferences

Date: 11/22/2014
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 31 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)
SBL Code: S22-346

Increasingly we as graduate students feel the pressure to participate and present research in academic conferences. Each year the number and variety of conferences continues to expand. However, we rarely discuss the assets and liabilities of participating in a public forum. What do we potentially gain or lose by attending scholarly meetings? How does one plan a graduate conference at their home institution? How do we pick which conference to submit that seminar paper? Such issues are a central concern for graduate students negotiating the profession. Panelists will share from their own experiences as well as offer advice for current graduate students training to become specialist researchers.

The Panel:
Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Panelist
Tony Burke, York University, Panelist
Clare Rothschild, Lewis University, Panelist
Geoffrey Smith, University of Texas at Austin, Panelist
Annette Reed, University of Pennsylvania, Panelist


“Who do you say I am?”: Scholarship and Social Activism

Date: 11/23/2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Sapphire Ballroom D (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)
SBL Code: S23-203

In today’s world, the academic world is often perceived as detached from political and policy conversations in this country. This panel features prominent scholars in the field of biblical studies who balance academic research with social justice concerns. The speakers will share with graduate students about successfully navigating the world of academia while maintaining their passion for engaging contemporary issues. While each speaker will tailor their remarks to their particular experiences and viewpoints around these issues, they have been asked to think about the professional aspect of maintaining these commitments. Questions which will be important for our speakers to address include the process of translating academic research for a popular audience and the role of a scholar in raising awareness of issues of social injustice. Forming young scholars who can articulate the ways that contemporary injustice motivates historical and biblical inquiry promises to allow for greater contact between the university and our larger society

The Panel:
Erin Walsh, Duke University, Presiding
Tat-siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross, Panelist (10 min)
Mitzi Smith, Ashland Theological Seminary, Panelist (10 min)
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, Panelist (10 min)
Paula Fredriksen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Panelist (10 min)
Dale Martin, Yale University, Panelist (10 min)
Joseph Marchal, Ball State University, Panelist (10 min)


What I’m Telling My Graduate Students (Preregistration is Required)

Date: 11/24/2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Room: Room 6 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)
SBL Code: S24-154

Preregistration is required for this luncheon because of limited space. Registration can be accessed at This session provides graduate students with an opportunity to learn from the academic experiences of established scholars through short presentations of their academic autobiographies and smaller group discussions. Each panelist will have 5-7 minutes to talk about their graduate school experience and discuss what they are telling their current students about navigating the field of biblical and religious studies. These presentations will be followed by smaller group discussions over lunch.

Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed (UPenn), Dr. Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA), Dr. Vincent Wimbush (Claremont), Dr. Stephen D. Moore (Drew), Dr. David Adamo (Kogi State, Nigeria), Dr. Margaret Mitchell (UChicago), Dr. Christopher B. Hays (Fuller Theological Seminary), Dr. Ross Kraemer (Brown), Dr. Willie Jennings (Duke Divinity School), Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale Divinity School), and Dr. Traci C. West (Drew).


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