American Academy of Religion

March 2007 e-Bulletin



A Message from the Executive Director




Greetings from the Luce Center in Atlanta!  I trust you are well and thriving, amid AAR / SBL regional gatherings, and a host of AAR Committee and Task Force meetings that are taking place at this time of year.


This month’s e-bulletin contains news about AAR programs regarding international scholars from China who will participate in the Annual Meeting, nominations to AAR Committees and Task Forces, grants for our study of the undergraduate religion major, and a question from our student director, Davina Lopez.


You should be receiving the March issue of the Religious Studies News in the next few days as well.  It is a large issue, and includes an interview with Jeff Stout, the AAR President, a Spotlight series of essays on theological education, and a Focus section on publishing in academe.


With every good wish, I remain



Jack Fitzmier

Executive Director



Co-sponsor a Chinese Scholar


The 2007 annual meeting’s international focus is on China. For information on ways to help bring a scholar to the annual meeting, and to your institution, contact Kyle Cole, Director of College Programs at


Committee Nominations


The following committees and task forces will have openings this year: Academic Relations Committee, Employment Information Services Advisory, Graduate Student Committee, History of Religions Jury, International Connections Committee, Nominations Committee, Program Committee, Public Understanding of Religion Committee, Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, Status of Women in the Profession Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, and the Theological Education Steering Committee. If you want to nominate a colleague or yourself, please send a letter explaining interest in serving on the particular committee, participation in the AAR, academic and professional interests, and a C.V. to; or by fax to: 404-727-7959; or mail to: Jack Fitzmier, Executive Director / American Academy of Religion / 825 Houston Mill RD NE STE 300 / Atlanta, GA  30329-4205 / USA. Deadline is May 1.


Seed Grants


Seed Grants available for departments to examine “The Religion Major and Liberal Education”: In conjunction with a grant from the Teagle Foundation to study the nature of the religion major and its role within a larger liberal education, the AAR is soliciting proposals from individual departments and programs to consider the religion major in their local contexts.  The intent is to award a total of 10 grants at $500 each, which could lead to a larger grant from the Teagle Foundation. To apply, see The deadline is April 15.


Regional Meetings


Meetings of the ten AAR regions occur in the spring. Check for details. All AAR members are welcome to participate in any region's activities.


Students on the Job Market


Davina C. Lopez, Student Director, would like to hear from students currently on the job market. What has it been like for you? Those interested in sharing their experiences are encouraged to contact Davina at


Your Membership Status


Your membership is current for 2007. Thank you. Membership resources are available at