April News Update
Monday, April 9, 2012
April 2012 SCMS News Update
Call for SCMS Committee Service
Conference Bulletin Board
March 23, 2012 Members' Business Meeting Minutes
FOR COMMITTEE SERVICE
SCMS is a member-run organization, and service to our profession remains
critical to the ongoing health of our field and to our scholarly organization.
Serving on an SCMS committee is also an excellent way of networking with other
members and providing vital service to the organization.
All members are encouraged to volunteer for service
on one of our various committees:
Committees: Information Technologies, Media Archive, Nominating,
Professional Development, Public Policy, Teaching, Translation/Publication
Committees: Conference Host, Conference Program, Conference Screening
Committees: Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship, Best First
Book, Best Edited Collection, Best Essay in an Edited Collection, Dissertation,
Distinguished Career Achievement, Kovács Book, Kovács Essay, Pedagogy, Student
All committees, committee descriptions, and current
committee members are on the SCMS website under "About Us.”
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a committee, please contact
the SCMS Office (email@example.com),
or volunteer for committee service through the SCMS website: http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=Volunteer_service
The names of volunteers will be forwarded to the
SCMS Board of Directors for review and final approval. In July, the SCMS Office staff will notify
individuals chosen to serve on committees.
CHICAGO 2013 BULLETIN BOARD
Members may post calls for papers or
workshop presentations for the 2013 Chicago conference on the SCMS Bulletin
Board now (https://cmstudies.site-ym.com/?page=ConfBBoard). The Bulletin Board submissions on the Forums page will
close July 15, 2012. August
15, 2012 is the final day for session organizers to notify individuals that
they have been accepted for a panel or workshop proposal. Proposal submission forms for the 2013
Chicago Conference will be available online beginning June 1 through August 31,
2012 SCMS MEMBERS’
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Statler Room
March 23, 2012
President Chris Holmlund called the meeting to order
at 11:10 am. She welcomed all present and encouraged
them to thank the SCMS staff (Jane Dye, Debbie Rush, and Leslie LeMond) for
their outstanding work on the 2012 conference.
II. 2012 Elections
Holmlund thanked the people who are leaving the
Board this year: Mary Kearney (Secretary); Diane Negra and Jacqueline Stewart
(Executive Council members); Andrew Miller (IT Consultant), and Heather
Hendershot (Cinema Journal
Editor). Hendershot’s term ends December
31, 2012; all others end June 30, 2012. She also thanked the candidates who ran
for the Board this year and were not elected: Marvin D’Lugo, Bob Rehak, and
Holmlund announced that Corey Creekmur (University
of Iowa) was elected Secretary, and Sean Griffin (Southern Methodist
University) and Haidee Wasson (Concordia University) have been elected to the
Executive Council. Their terms will
begin July 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2015. Victoria Sturtevant, Director of the
Film and Video Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma (where the SCMS
Office is located) will join the Board on July 1, 2012, as an ex officio
non-voting member. Will Brooker
(Kingston University) will replace Hendershot as the new Cinema Journal editor on January 1, 2013. Last, she acknowledged
the co-chairs of the Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups for their service,
as well as those who served on the standing and annual committees this year.
III. Call for Service
Holmlund noted that SCMS is a member-run
organization, and invited everyone to volunteer for service for the coming
year. She encouraged members to support
travel awards for graduate students and un-/under-employed members.
IV. Member Announcements
A. PBS Schedule
Pat Aufderheide made an announcement regarding PBS’sdecision
to move the two premier strands of independent documentaries,Independent
LensandPOV, from their established home on Tuesday
nights to Thursday, a night on which local stations program locally-selected
material. She encouraged members to follow the news and support the
campaign launched by Kartemquin Films (kartemquin.com) to
ask PBS to give these programs and other public-purpose programs proper
B. Canyon Cinema
Scott MacDonald and Michael Renov made an
announcement regarding the possible closing of Canyon Cinema, a major distributor
of 16mm film. MacDonald and Renov
appealed to members to speak to their home institutions regarding financial
support for Canyon Cinema. Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more
V. Conference Notes
2012 Conference Program Committee Chair Mary Kearney
noted that the 2012 Conference is our biggest yet. This year the conference was a day longer
than last year, beginning on Wednesday. Over 1100 proposals were received, and
those accepted were programmed into approximately 420 sessions.
Kearney reminded members that the 2013 conference
will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL, March 6-10, 2013, and announced
that the location of the 2014 conference will be Seattle, WA. SCMS Conference Manager Leslie LeMond will
soon begin the process of soliciting bids from hotels for the 2014 conference.
VI. Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Jim Castonguay presented his annual
report, which included an overview of the Society’s income/revenue,
expenses/costs, account balances, total assets, and membership numbers (by
category) through March 1, 2012. He also
presented conference attendance figures from 2000 to 2012, as well as
conference attendance by job title for 2011.
Additionally, he presented a 2008-2011 asset summary.
Castonguay discussed the Board’s desire to hire an
Executive Director to improve administration of the Society and to bring SCMS
in line with other peer organizations. He described other 2012-2015 plans and
goals, as well, among them revising membership fees, generating surplus revenue,
evaluating dues categories, increasing institutional memberships, stabilizing
website costs, increasing conference sponsorship and advertising revenue,
increasing SIG and Caucus funding, and increasing the number of travel grant
VII. Website Report
President-Elect Barbara Klinger alerted members to
web activity happening at the conference, including SCMS Live!, blogging, and
She presented a brief report from the ad hoc Website
Committee, which was assigned to review the SCMS Website in detail. She noted the forthcoming elimination of
various pages that have long been under construction, as well as initiatives to
enrich the teaching, research, and other resource areas of the website. Last, she discussed plans to partner with
other associated websites, including ScreenSite.
VIII. International Outreach Report
Executive Council Member Diane Negra informed
members of SCMS's new alliances with a variety of organizations related to film
and media studies, including BAFTSS, Screen, and UFVA. Affiliated organizations are identified on
the SCMS Website.
IX. Website Content Manager Position
IT Consultant Andrew Miller noted that the Board has
finished the foundational work for the new website and explained that we now
need to build the website for everyday use.
The Board has created a new paid staff position, the Web Content
Manager, beginning in late spring 2012. This position will replace the
Information Technology Consultant. He
invited members to apply, emphasizing that excellent communication skills are
required. Applications are due April 2,
2012. Miller also briefly discussed
conference web services and A/V costs.
X. Member Comments and Questions
A member asked the Board to comment on the financial
aspects of the move toward hiring an Executive Director. Castonguay responded by discussing his
research on staff at peer organizations.
A member asked if the Executive Director position
will be attached to the SCMS Office, and if it will it be an appointed or
elected position. Petro responded by
discussing the Board’s strategic planning initiatives, and noted that the idea
to hire an Executive Director emerged from those conversations. Castonguay added that more research is
necessary for us to determine how and when the Society can institute this
position. Holmlund explained that the
Executive Director will be an appointed staff position.
A member asked about volunteering for the Program
Committee. Holmlund answered by noting
that members can volunteer for any of the standing, annual, or awards
committees via the website or by emailing the SCMS Office.
A member asked about the length of committee
service, noting some confusion with one of the committees this year. Petro responded that standing committee
members serve 3-year terms; annual and most awards committee members serve
one-year terms. Members of the
Distinguished Career Achievement Award Committee serve three-year, staggered
A member asked on behalf of the Caucus
on Class if the Society's contractual agreements with hotels include provisions
beyond what we normally think of as "acts of God,” such as natural disasters,
war, or civil disturbancesto include union activity and picket lines. He
noted that many members would not cross a picket line. Castonguay
replied that we already have riders regarding this issue, and that we’ve been
doing this for years. Petro added that the Society
respects union activity. She also said that the Society has been involved in a
major study of the status of the academic workforce,focusing specificallyon
adjuncts and lecturers,as part of The Coalition on the Academic Workforce
(CAWS). The Coalition willrelease its study (based on thousands of
surveys, inwhich SCMS members also participated) sometime in April. Once
that study is released, it will be posted on the SCMS website.
Holmlund clarified that in order to improve our
conference each year, the SCMS Board and Office need feedback from
members. A conference survey will be
sent to members in the next few weeks.
New Members’ Orientation
Holmlund mentioned that one more New Members'
Orientation session is scheduled at the conference from 2:15 – 4:00 pm on March
23, 2012, in the Statler Room.
Conference Evening Events
Holmlund reminded members that the Award Ceremony
will be held March 23, 2012, from 4:15-5:30 pm in the Plaza Ballroom, followed
by our gala reception from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Imperial Ballroom. The reception was made possible this year by
Boston universities and colleges, as well as by SCMS.
Holmlund adjourned the meeting at 12 noon.
Minutes prepared by Mary Celeste Kearney.