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
May Download Program Book content to your PDA. See http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/pbook/updates.asp
for updates, corrections and room numbers. (To access some online materials, you
will need to log in using your surname, "Gray," and member ID,
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
West Registration. If you lost your name badge, a replacement costs $5 at the
NAME BADGES window.
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
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 http://www.aarweb.org/department/workshops/2006Washington/.
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: http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USDC0001.
A jacket or coat is recommended. There is a coat check available in the East
Registration area of the convention center.
to Annual Meeting venues can be
found online at http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/directions/.
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 http://www.aarweb.org/publications/inthefield/submit1.asp.
Openings advertisers and EIS
employers can now view EIS candidate CVs online. To access the CVs, go to the
“Additional Information” section at http://www.aarweb.org/eis.
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 http://www.aarweb.org/about/announce/2006/JAARcall.asp.
Please direct submissions to:
of the American Academy of Religion
Department of Religious Studies
Excellence in Teaching Award
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 http://www.aarweb.org/awards/teaching/.
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 http://www.aarweb.org/awards/marty/.
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 http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/pbook/highlights-students.asp.
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 (http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/RSVP/Wabash/)
and ATLA Career Alternatives Luncheon for
Doctoral Students (http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/2006/RSVP/ATLA/).
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 http://www.aarweb.org/students/slglist.asp.
If a Student Liaison does not currently represent your institution, the
next appointment period will be in January 2007. Please contact Myesha Jenkins
for more information.
As always, all students are
invited to contact Davina C. Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org, 2006-2007
Student Director, with questions and concerns.
Your Membership Status
Membership Status. You have already renewed your membership
for 2007. Thank you. Membership resources are available at http://www.aarweb.org/membership/.