Transcript from #AdjunctChat on 11/5/13

Colouful speech bubblesThis is the transcript from #AdjunctChat on 11/5/13, and was facilitated by Virginia Yonkers (@Comprof1).  The topic was Attending Conferences.

All are welcome to our next #AdjunctChat on 11/12/13 at 4:00pm EST.

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@Comprof1 #adjunctchat about to begin in a few minutes. Today’s topic is participating in conferences. 11/5/2013 15:55:31
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat @AdjunctChat Today’s topic: participating in conferences. See a description and preview of questions 11/5/2013 15:56:48
@JeffreyKeefer RT @Comprof1: #adjunctchat @AdjunctChat Today’s topic: participating in conferences. See a description and preview of questions… 11/5/2013 15:58:50
@JeffreyKeefer RT @Comprof1: #adjunctchat about to begin in a few minutes. Today’s topic is participating in conferences. 11/5/2013 15:59:00
@Comprof1 Welcome to #AdjunctChat Hope we can share some useful information today. 11/5/2013 15:59:11
@JeffreyKeefer Looking forward to today’s #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 15:59:52
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Thanks for facilitating today’s #adjunctchat! Important topic to me! 11/5/2013 16:00:16
@Comprof1 Hope all of you in the US voted today! #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:01:34
@JeffreyKeefer Connecting 2 the World: #adjunctchat Nov 4: Attending conferences 11/5/2013 16:01:51
@Melissa_Venable Joining in … 🙂 RT @JeffreyKeefer Looking forward to today’s #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:01:59
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable Nice to see you today! #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:02:12
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer Thanks! I’m actually working on a conference presentation as we tweet. 🙂 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:02:44
@Comprof1 So I’m going to post the first question. This was precipitated by #adjunctchat follower who said he’d never participate in a conference 11/5/2013 16:03:03
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable I just submitted two conference papers, and have 3 more waiting for me to begin #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:05:29
@Comprof1 Q1) Are conferences worth the time and effort for an adjunct? Let me try this again. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:05:48
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer Wow! That’s a lot of papers. 🙂 Very cool. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:06:33
@Melissa_Venable Yes! Professional development, networking, and more RT @Comprof1 Q1) Are conferences worth the time and effort for an adjunct? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:07:23
@Comprof1 #AdjunctChat A1 Sometimes I think it’s great for networking but other times not sure it’s worth the effort 11/5/2013 16:07:30
@JeffreyKeefer RT @Comprof1 Q1) Are conferences worth the time and effort for an adjunct? Let me try this again. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:08:45
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 I think you have to be choosy. It can get expensive, and not all events will be a good fit.  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:08:47
@Comprof1 @Melissa_Venable Can you give an example of professional development? How did it affect your adjuncting? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:09:04
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 I believe conferences are worth the time and effort, though all for personal satisfaction #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:09:16
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 I believe conferences are worth the time and effort, though all for personal satisfaction #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:09:39
@Comprof1 @Melissa_Venable Do you participate in local, national, international, or online conferences? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:10:14
@melovell RT @Comprof1: #adjunctchat about to begin in a few minutes. Today’s topic is participating in conferences. 11/5/2013 16:10:27
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 #ProfDev examples: workshops, presenting. Staying current in field is good for my work as an adjunct. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:10:27
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 All of the above at one point or another. Online conferences can be great experiences, and more affordable. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:11:23
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Is that how you choose which conferences to participate in?#AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:11:25
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 I like the colleagues I see at conferences, along with intellectual stimulation and feeling part of a community of inquiry #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:11:27
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Welcome to #adjunctchat! 11/5/2013 16:11:38
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 Q1 I have a weakness for international (European) conferences, though it rarely helps my US work!  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:12:25
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Q1 I select conferences based on the attendees and the subject matter; I have to be engaged #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:12:58
@melovell Q1 I’m not sure. Done 3ish this year and while it’s a good deadline for work I do feel a bit of an outsider #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:13:19
@Comprof1 #AdjunctChat We’ve sort of addressed this next question: Q2 2) What are the benefits to participating in a conference? 11/5/2013 16:13:32
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Thanks good to see you guys again. Only 8am here. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:14:19
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer Agreed! It’s got to be interesting in some way – topics covered, people I’ll connect with, keynote speakers. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:14:46
@Comprof1 @melovell I’ve found that is often the case. Especially if you are member of multiple faculties. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:15:20
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable Q1 To this point, I know that I spend more for annual conferences than I get back in tangible costs #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:16:27
@Comprof1 A2 I’ve found some great research partners through conferences. Also some new ways of doing things. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:16:42
@melovell @Comprof1 Good to see what others are working on. Often catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:17:09
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 Yes – new ways of doing things! Can be helpful to hear about other perspectives, approaches. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:17:49
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Q1 Do you tend to attend the same ones every year? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:18:22
@Melissa_Venable @melovell @Comprof1 Also fun to meet in-person, people I’ve already met via social media, networks #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:18:41
@Comprof1 A3 one challenge is if I’m self financing and am teaching at multiple locations is who to id as institution. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:18:41
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer There are two I try to attend every year in person, then one or two more online. Gotta keep costs manageable.  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:19:28
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 One point: I never (ok, rarely) attend a conference when I am not presenting a paper; I want a line on the CV for the costs #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:19:41
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable Q1 You are practical, as I try not to see the costs  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:20:02
@Comprof1 Q3 Other problem is lack of business cards. Makes me less legit. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:20:09
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable Q1 Also, I have not had the most success with online conferences #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:21:10
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Does presenting increase your social capital? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:21:25
@melovell @Comprof1 I always feel bashful admitting im not permanent staff and it’s almost the 1st piece of info people want to know. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:21:35
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable @Melissa_Venable Q1 The sole exception of online being #TtW12, so attended #TtW13 in person #adjunctchat #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:22:19
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Good question; I have not really considered social capital when attending conferences #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:22:46
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable I actually have participated in more online conf over last 10 years But you are well situated #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:22:56
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer I think the online ones can mean more work, i.e. more concerted effort to log in and connect w/other attendees #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:23:01
@melovell @Melissa_Venable Yes I like that too. 😉 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:23:11
@JeffreyKeefer How do others consider conferences and social capital, if at all? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:23:14
@Comprof1 @melovell which I think adds to the feeling of being an outsider. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:23:43
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer On one hand, needed to maintain job on other hand not useful for grants/tt jobs. #AdjunctChat They want those in permenantjob 11/5/2013 16:25:12
@melovell @Comprof1 Yes it does. Though I think it’s important to be visible and conferences are a good way to do that. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:26:14
@Comprof1 Last 2 What are some strategies finding conferences and participating in them? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:27:30
@Comprof1 5) What are realistic expectations for participating in conferences and the impact it will have on your career? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:27:48
@melovell @Comprof1 Q5 Conferences help to prioritise research by setting a deadline and are also good for name recognition. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:29:32
@Comprof1 I’ve found being on conference announcements & profess orgs are good sources of conferences #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:29:41
@Comprof1 Also, twitter network can help to id conferences and funding to participate. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:30:22
@JeffreyKeefer Fascinating #adjunctchat right now on Conferences and being an #adjunct. All are welcome! #AltAc #ECRchat #phdchat 11/5/2013 16:30:49
@Melissa_Venable A4) What conferences are your mentors, leaders in your field attending? Sponsored by your prof assns? Addressing key topics? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:31:09
@Comprof1 @Comprof1 I also “participate” vicariously by doing research w/ tt faculty who have funding to go to conferences #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:31:20
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 I have never found funding via Twitter (and rarely ever in person, to be honest). Is there any? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:31:29
@Comprof1 @melovell SOOO True.  I can get a potential article written by first submitting to conference #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:32:10
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I’ve found funding sources or conferences w/ funding through my network. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:33:14
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 THAT is my challenge, namely moving from idea to article (even after a conference) #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:33:39
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Same. If there’s conf funding available it’s usually for students. I pay full price & have no school funding. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:33:42
@fabianbanga @AdjunctChat @ProfessorF74 @AdjunctAction @josh_boldt @TeachWrt we are here #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:33:56
@melovell @Comprof1 Ooh that’s a good idea. I keep meaning to do that. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:34:29
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer You need to visit the publishers at all of the conferences. Ask what they’re looking for. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:34:45
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I’ve also had my papers solicited for submission by editors. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:35:33
@melovell @Comprof1 Yep using this month’s #acwrimo to try to work a conference paper into an article. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:35:58
@fabianbanga Brutal experience I had in this area a month ago; a conference empty with a big majority of the population grad students. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:36:33
@Melissa_Venable RT @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer You need to visit the publishers at all of the conferences. Ask what they’re looking for. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:36:33
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @AdjunctChat @ProfessorF74 @AdjunctAction @josh_boldt @TeachWrt Jump in at anytime! #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:36:42
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Yeah that’s my challenge too. Trying not to let conference papers languish unpublished after conference. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:38:10
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga One way around this is to see who is organizing. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:38:31
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer Why is that? One option is to id publications being pushed at conference and target for submission #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:39:56
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable A4 This is such a challenge for us interdisciplinary people, also what makes it interesting! #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:40:39
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Welcome! #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:40:54
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Perhaps this may be something to hear more about, cf. funding for #adjuncts #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:41:19
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 I think a symptom related to job market #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:41:29
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @melovell I agree; the challenge is finding the time to write for publication without the pressures to do so #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:41:55
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer Yes! It can be good to be on the “outside” sometimes -change of perspective, cover niche area of a larger topic #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:42:05
@fabianbanga A problem I see often is the recycling of presentations = to the recycling of articles. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:42:26
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell If only 1 had a publication for every paper I presented . . . #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:42:28
@melovell @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Just the usual time pressures of teaching & the search for more work. Need to keep writing a priority #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:43:03
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Our contract has reimbursement. Also some funding opportunities w/ research funds #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:43:07
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Sometimes working with TT faculty on research project gives access to conference funding. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:43:55
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga What happened with that? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:44:18
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 That is a great idea! #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:44:33
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer We have stipends for conferences for everyone at my college/  (universal) #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:44:55
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Can you talk more about what you mean regarding this recycling?  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:45:00
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer He he, me too! Though sometimes I have presented a couple of different iterations of one paper to confs. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:45:08
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Local conference sometimes allows you to participate for free if you volunteer to help out. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:45:45
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer It helps to push my thinking forwards. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:45:49
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Can you talk about your experience with #acwrimo from an #adjunct / PT instructor perspective?  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:46:31
@fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer You see a scholar offering a presentation in conf 1 and 80% similar presentation in conference 2 (or identical) #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:47:05
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer I’m with you there! just not sure it helps with the job search. #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:48:08
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Ahh, got it. I have definitely seen that before #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:48:19
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer I am trying to write my own stuff in the mornings and grade in afternoons. #adjunctchat #acwrimo 11/5/2013 16:49:10
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @melovell I’ve been a volunteer moderator and it really keeps me motivated to write. #AdjunctChat Problem w/ keeping up grade 11/5/2013 16:49:27
@fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer I saw the same presentation twice in a month in October (Identical PowerPoint presentation) #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:50:10
@JeffreyKeefer To all this point about conferences and #adjuncts, I think I want to do some research into the #adjunct experience #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:50:14
@Comprof1 Has anyone participated in professional (non academic) conference? How is that different? Useful? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:50:36
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Really, identical?!?! #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:50:47
@melovell @Comprof1 I’m not sure anything helps with the job search. Just kidding (kind of). 😉 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:50:53
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga I’ve seen the same. Also read basically same journal articles by same author in different journals #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:51:57
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 yes – have attended web developer events (as an instructional designer) and social media conferences (as a blogger) #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:52:02
@JeffreyKeefer RT @melovell: @Comprof1 I’m not sure anything helps with the job search. Just kidding (kind of). 😉 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:52:48
@Comprof1 @melovell Actually, job search helped me to complete an article for submission! Wanted it as sample of writing #AdjunctChat #AcWriMo 11/5/2013 16:53:11
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 Useful from the standpoint of prof dev in alt-ac environment. Can be very different atmosphere, in a good way. 🙂  #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:53:45
@melovell @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Many journals checking for that not with plagiarism software. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:53:58
@Comprof1 @Melissa_Venable Did you get different things out of it than in academic conference? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:54:13
@fabianbanga My problem with conferences is when the mix presentations from companies/vendors and scholars; very unprofessional #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:54:26
@melovell @Comprof1 That’s a good motivator 🙂 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:54:56
@Comprof1 @Melissa_Venable Wonder if this is advantage to adjuncts. Perhaps should be looking also at prof conf #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:55:01
@fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer yes, identical; just conversational changes  #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 16:55:33
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Is that a reason to make conference intentions clear? #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:56:15
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 Yes, new convos. Practical application focus can change the way you see things. Can try your skill set in new arena. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:56:27
@Comprof1 Well, it’s been 55 minutes so we should begin to wrap up. What did you take away from the #adjunctchat today? 11/5/2013 16:57:49
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 I take away that publishing is part of the conference experience, and I want to make that clearer in my experience #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 16:59:32
@melovell @Comprof1 Wow that went quick. Good to see you all again. I’d better start my work day. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 17:00:15
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Do you mean paper to article? #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 17:00:46
@JeffreyKeefer This has been a very valuable discussion today in #adjunctchat Thanks everybody!! 11/5/2013 17:00:51
@Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 Take-away:Conferences can be helpful for adjuncts in different ways. Can be a personal and professional decision. #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 17:00:54
@Comprof1 @melovell Seems strange to hear that since I’m just about to start dinner! #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 17:01:39
@fabianbanga Thanks everybody / #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 17:01:45
@Melissa_Venable Thanks everyone! Have a good week. 🙂 #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 17:01:58
@Comprof1 Don’t forget next week we’ll have guest facilitators who have filmed interviews with adjuncts (just down the street from me!). #AdjunctChat 11/5/2013 17:03:04
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I wonder if you have more opportunities due to your location near NYC than those of us in more provincial cities #adjunctchat 11/5/2013 17:04:29

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