Congratulations to Guggenheim Fellows! Kudos to
AAR members Don Lopez, Patricia Cox Miller, Stephen Shoemaker, Robert
Yelle, and Frank Korom, who have been awarded fellowships by the John
Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. More information about the
foundation and the fellowships can be found at http://www.gf.org/.
Undergrad Survey: We need your input! Visit this page
to see if your department/program has filled out the online questionnaire:
If you see that the survey has not
been completed, please notify your department chair that her/his
participation is crucial. The chair can contact Kyle Cole, Director of
College Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 1-404-727-1489, for more information. The survey will track our field
and its change since 2000, giving us, for example, an accurate picture of
the impact of 9/11. We all need data about our field to make the case for
religion to our deans and presidents and to the public. Please do your part!
Africa Focus at the 2006 Annual Meeting: For our
upcoming meeting in Washington, DC, the international focus is African
contributions to the study of religion. We are soliciting partnerships
with departments and institutions that can cosponsor an African scholar.
Cosponsorship will allow your group to hear from one of these fine
scholars while they are already in the United States to attend the Annual
Meeting. To learn more about the benefits of cosponsorship, please contact
Aislinn Jones at email@example.com.
AAR Website Redesign: We are redesigning the AAR
website to make it more user-friendly and attractive! To help us make it
what you want, the web
designers will conduct interviews with a sampling of members. If you are
willing to spend some time reviewing the current website and spending a
half-hour on the phone with the designer, please send an e-mail confirming
your interest to Joe DeRose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AAR Career Guide for Racial
and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession has
been published and is available free at http://www.aarweb.org/about/board/rem/careerguide/.
It includes guidance for an entire academic career – from graduate
student days to planning retirement, as well as information on alternative
career options and advice for administrators. The Guide is interactive, allowing AAR
members to engage in online conversation about topics in the Guide. (To use interactive features,
you will need to log in, using your surname, "Gray," and
member ID, "Z28679.")
Especially For Students
Liaison Group Decennial: In commemoration of the
10-year anniversary of the formation of a Student Liaison Group (SLG),
this year's Annual Meeting will include programming and a reception in
honor of its student members. We would love to hear from current and
previous Student Liaisons as well as former Student Directors about their
experience with the SLG. How has participation in the SLG shaped your
life in the academy? What are your "dearest hopes" for the
future of student participation and formation in the fields of religious
studies and theology? Please send your comments to Student Director,
Davina Lopez (email@example.com).
Membership Extension: At its recent meeting, the AAR
Board of Directors voted to extend the limit for student membership from
7 to 10 years. This term reflects more nearly the actual average time
students spend completing doctoral work. The new dues structure begins
Student Task Force: The Board approved a
recommendation that the Graduate Student Task Force become a standing
committee of the Board.
AAR Committees: The AAR Board of Directors
approved a Task Force on the Status of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered
Persons in the Profession. The AAR is currently welcoming nominations
and self nominations for this new task force and for the following ongoing
committees and task forces in 2007: International Connections, Public
Understanding of Religion, Status of Racial & Ethnic Minorities
in the Profession, Status of Women in the Profession, Teaching
& Learning, Religion in the Schools, and Employment
Information Advisory. If you want to nominate a colleague or
yourself, please send a letter explaining your interest and a C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty-Five and Still Counting: We’ve heard
from many of you whose AAR membership has been active without a break
since at least 1982. Are there others? Unfortunately, our records date
back only to the late 1980s. Please send an email to email@example.com to let us know
when your continuous membership began. Thank you!
The Task Force on Middle East Anthropology, a group
of anthropologists working to preserve a space for open discussion on the
Middle East, is creating a handbook for academics facing pressure for
their academic research and teaching on the Middle East. The handbook
will provide accounts of how academic, professional, and activist
organizations can be resources for academics, with special consideration
for junior faculty and ethnic minorities. It will also offer pedagogical
tools for dealing with difficulties in the classroom. If you have an
experience with students, parents, administrators, community groups, or
the press – no matter how large or small – it could help
others learn how to manage similar situations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in sharing your experience.