Again, you may have noticed I have not been posting as much lately. There are several excuses I could throw at you, but instead I will give you some quick updates!
– I spent most of the past month working on my dissertation proposal and online doctoral portfolio for review by my dissertation committee. I defended them both on Friday, April 27th, and I passed! I’m now officially a doctoral candidate and can start the long, arduous task of writing my dissertation. Luckily, I’m really passionate and excited about my topic, so it should be an enjoyable process (other than the obvious struggles with bureaucracy, formatting, technology, etc).
– On that same note, I have been working on merging my professional blog with my doctoral portfolio, so let me know what you think of the site changes around here!
– I went to the Tennessee Association of Museums conference in Memphis in March as one of their scholarship winners… if you kept up with my twitter at all you know some of what went on there, but that only scratches the surface. I have a blog in the works to review more of the conference, the sessions, the sights, and of course my own presentation on sensitivity and awareness of disabilities at museums. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!
– I’ve also been finishing up teaching Explorations in Public History. My students have been writing blogs that I post on their website, http://explorationsinpublichistory.wordpress.com/. Check back soon, because I will be posting their final projects in the next week! They were a wonderful class, and I look forward to seeing them as new public history professionals in the future.
– Next week I will head to New York City for a research trip!! I will have all kinds of updates on my dissertation and ideas to talk about once I get back. I am fortunate enough to have meetings set up with people from the Intrepid Museum, Jewish Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Transit Museum, Museum Of Modern Art, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Coney Island USA, and people from the Museum Access Consortium.
– As for other updates… I won the Bart McCash Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students again this year! My dissertation committee chair shared with me last week that Dr. McCash was his step-father and an influential person in his life personally and academically. I’m honored to have been chosen as the recipient of a scholarship named for such a great person.
– I was elected to serve as the Graduate Student Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year. I’m looking forward to serving the 3000 graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University!
– April finished up my term as a graduate senator for the Student Government Association. Serving as a senator was a wonderful experience, and I learned a lot. Surprisingly, I was elected “Best All Around” senator, and the graduate students were named “Best Friends” by the Senate Superlatives. We were treated to a lovely banquet on campus on my birthday, which I consider to be MTU’s birthday gift to me.
– So I had a crazy end of my academic semester, not to mention I bought art, had a birthday, watched a lot of trash TV, finished the Game of Thrones books, spent too much time looking at Tumblrs, got a radical haircut change, and reorganized all of my bookshelves.
This summer should be more conducive to blogging, if I can squeeze it in among writing and researching the dissertation, traveling, working as a camp counselor at Camp Will in Franklin, Tennessee, and some quality lake time. I have plenty to write about, so keep coming back!!
Thanks, as always, for reading.