Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 48: Reimbursement Culture

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In this episode I discuss reimbursement culture, the unacknowledged costs of academic travel, and the burden of out of pocket travel.

I would love to hear about your experiences and suggestions for tackling reimbursement culture. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Pamela L. Gay, “The unacknowledged costs of academic travel
-Melonie Fullick, “It’s time to rethink academic conference funding
-Jessica Sagers, “Reimbursement policies make academia less inclusive

Rapid Reads:
-NCPH, Best practices in job postings

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 47: Board Diversity and Participation Cost

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I’m currently sitting on the Board of Directors of two organizations I care about – the National Council on Public History and the Sault Ste. Marie City Museum.  I am still relatively new to both boards and I’m continuing to learn about board governance structures and procedures. In this episode I discuss the financial and in-kind costs associated with board participation, board diversity with in the heritage field, and recognition for service to the profession.

I would love to hear about your experiences serving on organizational boards. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-“Leading With Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices” (US data)
“Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards” (Canadian)

Rapid Reads:
Transformative Praxis – Building Spaces for Indigenous Self-Determination in Libraries and Archives by Kirsten Thorpe

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 46: Professional Development Vs. Professional Learning

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Conference season is quickly approaching for many Canadian academics and with all of this travel comes conversations about professional development. In this episode, I discuss the differences between professional development and professional learning.  I also tackle questions of ongoing career development, active learning, and the funding of professional growth opportunities.

I would love to hear your thoughts on professional development and professional learning. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
David Porter Explains a Couple Things Video, Ontario Extend mOOC
-Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza, “Effective Teacher Professional Development” (PDF)
-Ann Webster-Wright, “Reframing Professional Development Through Understanding Authentic Professional Learning

Rapid Reads:
-“Feeling Grief: On Emotions in the Archive of Enslavement“, Nathan Dize

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 45: The Biography Struggle

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Who else hates writing bios for things? In this episode, I talk about best practices for crafting effective bio statements and the challenges associated with describing your professional life succinctly.

I would love to hear your tricks for creating compelling bios. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter. Continue reading Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 45: The Biography Struggle

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 44: Safe and Brave Spaces

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Welcome back to season two of the Historical Reminiscents podcast.  In this episode, I talk about safe spaces, braver spaces, and building welcoming physical and digital spaces for dialogue. I also introduce the new Rapid Reads segment to the podcast.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the terms brave space and safe space. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens, “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces: A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice.” (PDF)
-Alison Cook-Sather, “Creating Brave Spaces within and through Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnerships” (PDF)

Rapid Reads:
Lady Science, Libraries and Tech Series

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Historical Reminiscents EP 43: Celebrating Milestones

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The Historical Reminiscents podcast is celebrating its one year anniversary! Given the occasion I thought it would be fitting to talk about celebrating milestones in your work.  In this episode, I talk about honouring milestones of all sizes and making space for celebration.  I also talk about what I’ve learned during the first year of creating a podcast, future plans, and upcoming episode ideas.

I would love to hear any feedback you have on the first year of the Historical Reminiscents podcast. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.  I’ll be back in January with new podcast episodes – talk to you soon!

Mentioned in this episode:
-Tenure, She Wrote “Always rushing, never celebrating
-Susan Lucas, “How to celebrate success at work

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Historical Reminiscents EP 42: Award Nominations

Episode 42: Award nominations

Your team has completed a fantastic project and you’re considering submitting it for an award but are unsure of how to do so.  In this episode I talk about award nominations, building a project portfolio to support a nomination, and how to build compelling award narratives.

I would love to hear your suggestions for writing successful award nominations. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Anna Tomakh, How to Write an Award Nomination
-Trinity College Dublin, Tips for Writing A Nomination

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Historical Reminiscents EP 41: Managing Meeting Madness

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Meetings and committees are part of professional life, more so if you happen to be spending your time inside academia. Despite the role meetings play in professional settings very few public history programs or history graduate training contains information on how to run an effective meeting, building agendas, and facilitating interdepartmental discussion.  In this episode I talk about agenda creation, my favourite kinds of meetings (yes, meetings can actually be enjoyable!), and tips for surviving meeting chaos.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the necessary evil that is meetings. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, “Making Meetings Less Miserable
Robert’s Rules of Order

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Historical Reminiscents EP 40: Place Based Learning

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Last week I spent time with undergraduate students from Huron University College’s history program.  As part of the “Documenting early residential schools” a SSHRC Partnership Engage project between Huron University College, the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, and the Woodland Cultural Centre students were able to visit the Shingwauk site to learn about the early history and work with some of the archival records documenting the Shingwauk School.  In this episode I talk about the power of place based learning, experiential learning, and the role of archives in teaching history.

I would love to hear your thoughts about place based learning as a tool for teaching history. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Hay T. Johnson, “Place-based learning and knowing: critical pedagogies grounded in Indigeneity
-Ryerson University, Best Practices in Experiential Learning

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Historical Reminiscents EP 39: Pushing Past Creative Barriers

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This week, month, year has been hella hard for a lot of folks, with the news cycle making it extremely difficult to function ‘normally.’ What do you do when you are facing creative blocks, an inability to write, or feelings that whatever you are creating doesn’t matter? In this episode I talk about finding positive work spaces, sources of inspiration, and overcoming creative/intellectual hurdles.

I would love to hear about your sources of support and inspiration. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Andrea Eidinger, “Historical Writing as a Creative Endeavour
-Jonathan Malesic, “The 40-Year-Old Burnout
-Pat Thomson, “Creativity and academic writing – an oxymoron?

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