August 2007 e-Bulletin

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American Academy of Religion August 2007 e-Bulletin

A Message from the Executive Director


Greetings from the Luce Center in hot, hot Atlanta!  I hope that you are enjoying a productive and restful summer and that you are looking forward to the start of the fall semester.  In this issue of the e-Bulletin you will find news and announcements about our upcoming Annual Meeting in San Diego (the Program Book, Plenary Speakers, Hotel Registration, Employment Information Services, Travel Discounts, etc.) as well as several important items about Student member activities.  If you have any questions about these or other AAR matters, please feel to visit our redesigned website ( or give our staff a call at 404-727-3049.  With every good wish, I remain


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Jack Fitzmier
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Especially for Students

  • The Student Director and Graduate Student Committee wish all students, who comprise about a third of the AAR's membership, a healthy and productive transition to the fall 2007 semester.

    Students should identify and contact their Student Liaisons for information particular to their institutional needs. 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:// / Members / Students / slglist.asp. If your institution does not currently have a Student Liaison, please contact Myesha Jenkins at for more information about this program.

    The Graduate Student Committee is currently deliberating and designing projects to further support the professional development of students of religion and theology. The Committee would like to hear recommendations for programming and resources that, when implemented, will spark conversations and new directions, as well as foster excellence and wholeness. Please send suggestions to Davina C. Lopez at and Kimberly Bresler at

    As always, all students are invited to contact Davina C. Lopez, 2006-2007 Student Director at with questions and concerns.
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program to Fund Education Research. The Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. For more information see the full RFP at http:// / programs / fellows / dissertation.htm.