August News Brief
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
AUGUST 2011 NEWS BRIEF
Welcome to the new conference submission pages, which are
finally up and running! You will find (re-designed) proposal forms for
pre-constituted panels, workshops, open call papers, and screenings on the
website. Please follow instructions carefully, and check the FAQs if you are in
doubt. The deadline for proposal submissions is September 1 at 5 pm (CT). We strongly encourage you to submit your
proposals before that date if possible.
Hot tip: On the
proposal forms, you will need to enter your name – and, if you are proposing a
panel or workshop, the names of other participants – exactly as it/they appear
in the Members Directory.
Please note that you do not need to be an SCMS member to
submit a proposal. However, if you are not an SCMS member, you must register as
a temporary member of the SCMS website by August 31, 5 pm CT, in order to
submit a proposal. This membership is good for 30 days only. (All temporary
registrations require approval by the Home Office.) If your proposal is
accepted, you will need to become an SCMS member for 2011-2012 and register for
the conference by December 16. We strongly recommend that dues-paying new
members also register by August 31, 5 pm CT.
Renewing members do not require approval but we urge you to submit your
proposal before the final deadline as well.
We encourage all current SCMS members to renew their
membership by September 1, at the start of the new membership year. For
directions on how to renew, please visit the "Renew Your Membership” section of
the website (you must be logged in to access this page.)
As part of the annual membership renewal process, we urge
you to donate to one of several SCMS funds. Our organization really does rely
on member support to meet our mission. You have several options -- donate to
the general fund, to travel funds, and/or to any of a number of earmarked
awards. No donation is too small -- or too large! However you can help, please do so. (Donations are tax
deductible if you itemize.) Donations can be made here.
After a year and a half of developing specific, concrete
strategic planning initiatives, the Board of Directors has accomplished a great
deal. We now have a good sense of short-, medium-, and long-range goals needed
to ensure SCMS' continued growth and service to cinema and media faculty and
students around the world. Some of our immediate objectives include:
are currently seeking a short-term Research
Assistant to help with data collection and specific strategic planning
tasks. Applications are due August 15. Details can be found on the website.
We also welcome applications by September 30 for the
influential position of Cinema Journal Editor. Details are
posted on the website.
We continue to clarify and streamline Board member, Home
Office staff, and consultant responsibilities and are working on developing an
efficient management structure that will facilitate organizational flow and
meet staffing needs in deliberate and timely ways.
SCMS website is a labor of love and a work in progress. A new committee
comprised of Board members, SCMS members, and IT Committee members will begin
reviewing the content, functionality, and organization of our website’s various
pages this fall. We welcome your comments, and we thank all who have sent
specific suggestions for improvement. To submit specific comments, please feel
free to use the online form.
Our Strategic Planning Consultant, Justin Wyatt, will interview individual SCMS
members to obtain their input later in the year. We are also thinking about
long-term maintenance and development of the website. And we are exploring
other communication venues for members as well (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, online
Good News: We have
arranged for wi-fi connections in all meeting rooms in the 2012 conference
Our membership is now over 2500 worldwide and growing. Our
budgets have become more complex. The Board of Directors is currently reviewing
SCMS budgets with an eye to consolidation and clear oversight. This will
provide us with more readily accessible information about actual and projected
income and expenses.
Several exciting international
initiatives are underway. These will be the subject of the October newsbrief.