S-USIH Minutes 8.6.2012
Minutes: S-USIH ExCom Meeting August 6, 2012
Agenda – S-USIH Executive Committee Meeting – August 6, 2012
President: Paul Murphy
Treasurer: Lisa Szefel
Secretary: Ray Haberski
2013 Conference Chair: Allison Perlman
Publications Chair: Tim Lacy
Teleconference, 1:00 pm ES
1. Officer’s reports
2. 2012 Conference Update (Allison)
3. Book Award announcement – draft (attached)
Minutes: August 6, 2012
Minutes of last meeting approved
- President’s Report
Proposal for S-USIH to hold session at
Membership committee—discussion with James and Lauren
Grad student committee—Julian still going forward
- Treasurer’s report
Has reviewed Mike’s reports and the budget
Paypal account is the next thing to set up
Invoicing—templates for invoicing will be ready to go soon
Budget: conference chair has certain amount of money with the stipulation that the amount spent is returned to conference budget.
Tim question: books for reviewing sent from UDallas (Lora is book reviewer editor)
What is the procedure for requesting reimbursement for cost of forwarding books?
Cost of printing the newsletter?
Allison will find out from David regarding CUNY’s ability the absorb the cost of printing
Paul: Invoice policy
Lisa will send out invoice template; officers will either fill out the invoice or the vender will complete invoice.
Typo on membership button on website.
Questions about the blog and the website
Ben is the person charged with transition to wordpress
Updated expense for the website: $1000 for Curtis Billue to get website up and running to build mobile application
Logo problems and transitions, such as the transition to mobile devices: new logo on site will have to remain
Main content on website will be the blog
Link old blog to the new website
We will have only one site, a combine website and blog
Images at the top of website—what should they be? Should they be dynamic and linked to the blog posts for the day
Default image is the Cleo award?
Rotating images from the conference, for example
Circulating images from blog posts
Links at top: adding button—“resources”—library becomes part of resource link
- Conference 2012 and 2013
New program is up and ready—Anna will send CUNY info soon.
Interesting discussion on stacking conference sessions
No post-conference at Brennan’s anymore—too expensive
2013 conference: which dates—proposed same dates and Fri and Sat schedule
UC Irvine is the site—benefits: rooms for both Friday and Saturday without problems and the possibility of another half or full day added on
Problems with getting people to and from site
Hotel not too far from conference so Allison will try to get a block deal for that hotel
Second challenge: food and drink—but Allison will also bring plenary to sites that people will enjoy visiting and have a reception (e.g. The Nixon Library)
Moving to the west coast will attract people from another region to participate and to give keynotes
Papers and panels for the next year because of new site, want to encourage participation
Entertaining the idea of expanding the days
- Publication chair
Conference call last week, scheduled meetings for coming year, feasibility study, dividing up tasks for the year
Dates for S-USIH notes—one out before conference, then February, then May
Tim will edit the newsletter
Ben has codified blog rules—creative license
Lora is doing book review editing and roundtables
Transition to wordpress—Ben takes lead
Question about journal: expense, timeline, form, publisher
Lora has friend (Michelle Rosen) who has worked in publishing
Entertaining options of how to publish and with whom and the expense
- Book Award Announcement
Lisa: Should we do annual award as a singular award or a “Choice”-like list of best books
Lora asked Paul about how to leverage the book award with publishers
Paul sent us a draft of the announcement; based on the Feb 6, 2012 excom meeting
Report had peculiarities in it that Paul wants to address:
Can authors submit their own books?
How many books can a single publisher submit?
Paul added that the books had to be in English.
Looked at other book award announcements and criteria
Lisa: award’s main point is to draw attention to the field and us and there is a great deal of work involved in the selection of the award
Draw on the books reviewed by the society’s reviewers
Paul: combo plan: list of top books and single out one book for the award
Lisa: need to promote books in the field throughout the year
Paul: no matter what we will need an evaluation of all these books
We need to respect the action taken by the last excom and award a prize to a single book
Allison: let’s do a blog post on the best books of the year. would we want to award a prize to a book that we did not review?
Tim: awards committee should work with book review committee
Paul: details changed:
author can submit their own book publishers can submit as many books as they want to the book be published in English
Tim: have a vote by email after Paul’s revisions to award are complete
Paul will send out both Mike’s book committee report and book prize announcement
Lisa: we need to honor the former excom actions and then we should also be open to doing other things with book reviews and publicizing the books.
- SAAP reach-out
Large organization with a good number of awards
Feed back about offering a session at an annual conference
Orgs will ask us about this sort of thing in the future
Allison: very positive about this kind of offer and collaboration
Tim: also very positive of collaborating and creating more community with the field of philosophy
Lisa: positive because it creates more contacts for our field and perhaps will open the job market to our field
Paul: seconds Lisa’s impression of the positive development this collaboration can have
Consensus that this is something to pursue. Paul will follow up with contact at SAAP
Suggestions for next time: reports submitted prior to call
Next meeting: early October