Category Archives: Opportunities

Call for New Bloggers!

We are looking for new regular contributors for the NGSC WordPress blog on If you are interested, please send your CV and a brief letter of interest (no longer than 1 page) to by January 22.

Bloggers are responsible for publishing at least 1-2 posts per month. New bloggers will start February 1, 2011.

We hope writers will address the issues that affect, inspire, and rile them as novice professionals learning to navigate the field and establish how they will contribute to it. There are no preset categories or topics on which to write, so we encourage interested bloggers to let your interests drive your content. Topics might include questions, challenges, and solutions to pedagogical issues as well as research, reading, and writing methodologies. You might also blog about what you’re teaching and how you’re teaching it, what you’re reading or re-reading in the field that you find useful and exciting, as well as what professional activities you participate in (reading groups, planning conferences, attending conferences, trying to get published, etc.). The posts already published on the blog serve only as a guide and we hope new voices and interests will expand the array of topics and content. Most of all, we hope contributing to and reading our blog will be fun and rewarding! We hope you will apply to blog for us!

Note: You do not need to be a NASSR member to apply.

NASSR 2011 Proposals due Jan. 15, "Romanticism and Independence"

From the NASSR 2011 conference website:

Call for Papers: “Romanticism and Independence”

The NASSR 2011 Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers and special sessions on “Romanticism and Independence.”  The conference theme is capacious, and we encourage submissions that engage any of its many possible inflections: literary, aesthetic, political, social, cultural, scientific.  Proposals from disciplinary perspectives beyond literature and the arts are particularly welcome.  Please submit proposals of 500 words to by January 15, 2011.

In addition to paper proposals, we also invite the submission of proposals for complete special sessions on the conference theme.  Special sessions should consist of three presenters and a moderator (who may also be a presenter); please submit separate proposals for each paper and a brief description of the session.  In the event that a proposed special session cannot be accommodated, individual paper proposals will be considered separately.   Continue reading NASSR 2011 Proposals due Jan. 15, "Romanticism and Independence"

Reminder: Nominations for Interim Positions!

Again, we want to announce that the NGSC interim board is looking for graduate students who are members of NASSR (or who will join) to nominate themselves or others for the following positions that will be held at least until the Salt Lake 2011 conference and may terminate then.

Please send a 1-page letter of intent, as well as your CV, to by September 10, 2010. Faculty advisors Jill Heydt-Stevenson and Deidre Lynch will select the best nominees for each interim position. Please feel free to email us with questions regarding duties for positions you may be interested in. Rough outlines of duties can be found in the drafted bylaws (they were amended and changed slightly at the NASSR conference, but general descriptions are accurate). NGSC bylaws_Aug 2010

Co-chair nominations needed:
– 2 students from Canadian universities
– 1 student from a US university

Webmaster nomination needed:
– 1 student from a Canadian university

Secretary nomination needed:
– 1 student from a Canadian university

International “floating” board member position
– 1 student from a university that is neither in the US nor in Canada.

International Positions – How to Include in Caucus Board?

We are looking for grad students to please help us consider the possibility of integrating floating international positions to the NASSR Grad Caucus executive board? I know that the Canadian spots should surely remain, but I would be interested to know how we can include our colleagues from nations other than the US or Canada. Jeff Cox threw out the idea of the floating positions to ensure that candidates from anywhere in the globe could contribute and help us to keep a diverse course. Thoughts? Ideas? Concerns?
Please respond with comments – many thanks for your input.

Apply to Be an Interim NGSC Co-Chair

Because the NGSC will be run by an interim board until elections are held at the Salt Lake City NASSR conference in 2011, and because we strive to have a balanced interim board, we will begin taking applications for three needed co-chair positions.

We need:
– 2 graduate students at Canadian Institutions who are members of (or will join) NASSR.
– 1 graduate student from the US who is a member of (or will join) NASSR.

The positions: co-chairs of the NGSC (2 representing Canadian Institutions, 2 representing US institutions). If you have questions about what a co-chair’s duties include, the bylaws should give you an idea – they have been posted to this blog. You can also email us or pull us (especially Dana Van Kooy and John Leffel) aside at the Vancouver conference and the current co-chairs can talk about their experiences and workload in person.

How to apply: Send your CV and a letter of purpose to by Friday, September 10, 2010.

Our Abstracts – Send Us Yours!

In an effort to start sharing our vast collection of graduate work and ideas, a few of us on the NGSC board would like to share with you our abstracts for the upcoming NASSR conference. They are posted below, just click on the “read more” button to see them.

Please send us your abstracts (see my email below) that have been accepted *for any conference* – it doesn’t have to be NASSR – and I’ll post them to the blog. Please include your name, institution, conference title, and email. I think we’d all love to know more about each other’s work and we can also look for each other’s presentations to support our grad colleagues at professional events.

Thanks! Kirstyn (

[abstracts are in alphabetical order by author ] Continue reading Our Abstracts – Send Us Yours!

Suggestion Box

Right now, while we are discussing the future of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC), is the perfect time for you to voice your opinions about what the NGSC can and should do for you. Do you have suggestions for by-laws? Is there some goal that the caucus should work toward? Some useful function it might serve? Please respond with any suggestions or comments that you have — thank you!