Conference Program


85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

 Landscapes of War and Peace

April 5 - 8, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky


Title: Annual Graduate Student Roundtable: Utilizing Social Media in Academia
Abstract: The Society for Military History has a long-standing commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for graduate students and young professionals from America and around the world. One of the most successful ways the Society has achieved this is through hosting regular panels that foster professional development. This year's graduate student panel proposes a roundtable discussion on the process of maintaining a social media presence on the internet. The transformation of our world through social media has changed the way historians engage with one another and the public. Discussing the ways in which one can create an effective social media presence is the goal of this roundtable.
The roundtable will have three individuals who prominently feature on various social media outlets. Professor Kurt Hackemer currently manages the Society for Military History's website as its webmaster and adds graduate student profiles on the SMH's website. He will speak to some of the Society's resources online, and trends he's noticed through time with regards to online development and academia. Dr. Jacqueline Whitt will address the role of Facebook in today's professional atmosphere. Finally, Angela Riotto will speak about Twitter's fluid nature and how best utilize the platform. The panel will also consider other social media platforms and forms of communications like LinkedIn, Reddit, emails, and personal websites.
Graduate students must use every tool available to them to give themselves every advantage while preparing for life after graduate school. Learning the myriad opportunities available to them on social media is one way graduate students can differentiate themselves. Graduate students effectively engaging online can advance themselves in unique ways in today's increasingly crowded public and academia arenas. This graduate student roundtable proposal will help graduate students take those first steps, or enhance their next ones.
 
Cameron Zinsou, Mississippi State University
Kurt Hackemer, University of South Dakota
Jacqueline Whitt, US Army War College
Angela Riotto, University of Akron