As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to serve the discipline, Indiana University, and my department in various roles.
Service to the Discipline
I served as chair of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Teaching & Learning's Graduate Student Concerns Committee for two terms. During my second term as chair (2015-2016 academic year), the committee decided to contribute a series of articles focused on issues important to graduate student instructors to Teaching/Learning Matters. Our articles appeared in the Spring 2016 and the Summer 2016 issues. During my first term as chair (2014-2015 academic year), the committee decided to communicate with the editorial staff of TRAILS with hopes of establishing a reduced graduate student rate. We were pleased when the ASA announced that TRAILS would soon be free for all ASA members, a change that has already taken effect.
I am continuing my service to the ASA Section on Teaching & Learning as a member of the Graduate Student Concerns Committee. This year, we plan to establish a student paper award and also continue our contributions to Teaching/Learning Matters. I will also be serving the section as the social media representative of the section's Communications Committee.
Beyond my work with the ASA Section on Teaching & Learning, I also served the discipline by serving as a table presider at the ASA's 2014 Annual Meeting and organizing a session for the 2013 North Central Sociological Association's Annual Meeting.
Service to the University
I had the opportunity to serve the Indiana University Bloomington campus community as the 2014-2015 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Fellow. As the PFF Fellow, I was responsible for organizing the annual PFF Graduate Student Conference. PFF conferences provide a venue for graduate students to spend a day reflecting on the teaching responsibilities at various types of institutions, navigating the job market, developing one’s self as a teacher and researcher, networking, and becoming part of the academic discipline. At the end of my term as PFF Fellow, I was honored to contribute to Provost Lauren Robel's blog Through the Gates: Perspectives from IU Bloomington, describing my experiences with the PFF Program.
I was also able to serve the campus community through my work with the graduate student created and led Mental Health Working Group (MHWG). With the other members of the MHWG, I conducted focus group interviews and an online survey with graduate students regarding their mental health needs, experiences, and their ratings of on and off-campus mental health service providers. We presented our findings, “IUB Graduate and Professional Student Mental Health and Health Services Use," to the IU Graduate School in 2014.
Service to the Department
Within my own department, I served as mentor to both incoming Sociology graduate students and Sociology undergraduate honors students writing their honors theses. As a mentor to incoming graduate students during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years, I helped the department welcome new students and aided in their transition to Bloomington and the Sociology program. As a mentor to undergraduate honors students during the Spring 2011 semester, I guided the honors students as they completed research and wrote their senior theses. Secondly, I attended the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association so that I could watch each honors student give his or her presentation and help the students navigate the meeting.
Lastly, while a Master's student at Ohio State University, I took part in departmental governance by repressing my cohort in the Sociology Graduate Student Association.