American Academy of Religion

November 2006 e-Bulletin



A Message from the Executive Director




This issue of the Academy’s e-Bulletin contains news and resources to support your work in the study of religion – as students, teachers, conferees, and administrators.  There is a good deal of information on our upcoming Annual Meeting in Washington: you can learn about everything from name badges and registration to special workshops and directions around Washington.  The news on this front is exciting, not least because we are expecting our largest Annual Meeting to date.  At the AAR’s Executive Office in Atlanta we are taking bets about whether this joint meeting with the SBL will break the 11,000 barrier!  This e-Bulletin also contains other news, including an online discussion board starting November 6 with the Excellence in Teaching Award winner Patricia O’Connell Killen. Additionally you will find news about online vitae and the EIS program, a Call for Papers in our Journal, announcements and a call for nominations for our Excellence in Teaching Prize, and a call for nominations for our Marty Award.  This month’s issue also has a number of links intended to serve our student members.  Please review the information in this bulletin and if you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices for assistance.  Hope to see you in D.C.!  Until then, with every good wish, I remain



Jack Fitzmier

Executive Director



Annual Meeting


·        You May Download Program Book content to your PDA. See for updates, corrections and room numbers.  (To access some online materials, you will need to log in using your surname, "Gray," and member ID, "Z28679.")


·        Name badges are in the mail for pre-registrants. Pick up a badge holder onsite and head directly for sessions and exhibits. If you have not received your badge before leaving for Washington, you can pick one up at Registration, in Washington Convention Center’s West Registration. If you lost your name badge, a replacement costs $5 at the NAME BADGES window.


·        Registration Hours: (CC – West Registration) are Friday (1:00-6:00); Saturday (8:00-5:00); Sunday (8:00-5:00); Monday (8:00-5:00); Tuesday (8:00-10:00 am).


·        Annual Meetings Program At-A-Glance will be available in the registration area of the Washington Convention Center as well as the lobbies of the Renaissance Washington and Grand Hyatt Washington Hotels. The Program At-A-Glance lists all sessions, updates, corrections, and room locations.  Please note that room locations are not printed in the Program Book.


·        Department Chairs: Are some of your undergraduates planning to attend the Annual Meeting?  In order to make the meeting feel a bit less overwhelming, Warren Frisina is organizing a brief, informal Saturday gathering where undergraduates from other schools could meet one another and receive a bit of orientation.  If you are interested, please contact Warren at  Let him know how many students you expect to attend and whether a 60-minute Saturday gathering before the opening plenary is viable for your group.  Also, share any thoughts on how to best use the time to help ensure they have a good experience at the meeting.


·         Chairs Workshop – Personnel Issues: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will be conducted on the Friday before the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Betty DeBerg, University of Northern Iowa, and Chester Gillis, Georgetown University, will lead the interactive workshop, and Daniel Aleshire, Association of Theological Schools, will join them as a panelist. For more information, please go to Registration is $100 and on-site only. Discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same department/program.


·        Washington has cool to cold weather in November. To check the forecast: A jacket or coat is recommended. There is a coat check available in the East Registration area of the convention center.


·        Directions to Annual Meeting venues can be found online at


·        As you make your Annual Meeting plans, please remember to check In the Field ( for additional events that will be held during the Annual Meeting in Washington.  (You will need to log in to use this page, using your surname, "Gray," and member ID, "Z28679.")  To make a submission to In the Field, please visit


CVs Online!


Openings advertisers and EIS employers can now view EIS candidate CVs online. To access the CVs, go to the “Additional Information” section at


Call for Papers JAAR Focus Issue: “Religion in Africa.”


The Journal of the American Academy of Religion seeks papers on all aspects of the study of religion in Africa for a focus issue to be published in 2007.  Papers should be 6,000-8,000 words in length and should be received at the address below, no later than Monday, February 5, 2007. Submissions should include three hard copies of the manuscript along with a copy on disc (using a standard word-processing program in either PC or Mac format).  An abstract of not more than 150 words should accompany each manuscript.  Manuscripts without abstracts will not be considered until an abstract is received.  Please provide full contact information, including email, on a detachable cover page; please do not put your name or any contact information on the pages of the paper itself, for that would foil the anonymous review process.  All manuscripts accepted are subject to editorial modification. To see the full call, go to Please direct submissions to:


Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Department of Religious Studies

University of Virginia

PO Box 400126

Charlottesville, VA  22904-4126


Excellence in Teaching Award



  • Nominate a colleague for the AAR’s Excellence in Teaching Award: The AAR’s Committee on Teaching and Learning accepts nominees for its annual award, which recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field. The deadline for nominating someone is January 10. See details at


Martin E. Marty Award


To nominate someone for the AAR's Martin E. Marty Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion by those whose work speaks to the public as well as to scholars, go to Deadline: January 31.


Especially for Students


·        Students are encouraged to attend the “Especially for Students” program offerings at the 2006 Annual Meeting.  More information is available at


·        All student members are invited to the Decennial Celebration of the Student Liaison Group at the AAR’s Annual Meeting. A conversation on the past, present, and future of student participation and advocacy will be followed by a reception from 4:00 PM-6:30 PM on Saturday, November 18.


·        Online reservations are being accepted for the following Annual Meeting Student Luncheons: Wabash Center Student-Teacher Luncheon ( and ATLA Career Alternatives Luncheon for Doctoral Students ( Space is limited. Eligible students must reserve a space by Wednesday, November 15.  (You will need to log in to register, using your surname, "Gray," and member ID, "Z28679.")


·        Students should contact their Student Liaisons for information particular to their institutional needs.  Many Student Liaisons are able to help students navigate arrangements for the Annual Meeting.  Student Liaisons, who represent institutions and programs granting the PhD in Religion and Theology, serve as a vital link between student members and the AAR.  To locate your Student Liaison, see the list at  If a Student Liaison does not currently represent your institution, the next appointment period will be in January 2007. Please contact Myesha Jenkins at for more information.


·        As always, all students are invited to contact Davina C. Lopez at, 2006-2007 Student Director, with questions and concerns.


Your Membership Status


Your Membership Status. You have already renewed your membership for 2007. Thank you. Membership resources are available at