Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jessica is absolutely right about the Northeast Regional Scholarship and Teaching Development Workshop this past weekend. Keith Hirokawa (Albany) did a fantastic job of organizing this (and he also happens to be a land use prof). And in addition to Jessica--who really is a land use prof--there was a nice group of junior land users, including a couple of us all the way from Texas. We hope to be hearing from some of the others on the blog! Basically, if Keith can get a bunch of people to travel to Albany in February (see the snow piled in front of the 1928 building), it must have been a good thing.
I think maybe the key thing that this conference provided was a forum for junior law professors to meet each other and discuss both scholarship and professional development. We all have our own institutional colleagues from whom to get advice and mentorship, but sometimes it is really helpful to meet other junior profs who are in relatively similar circumstances at other schools. And when it comes to sharing ideas on our scholarly works-in-progress, there's just no substitute for face-to-face interaction.
This workshop did a particularly great job in both giving everyone a chance to present their work, but also for mixing in teaching and professional development sessions. It's up to us to take the initiative like Keith did to make these events possible.