AGLSP News & Events

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Associate Members!

- University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Liberal Studies, Dr. Stephen C. Law, Graduate Director

Welcome New Student/Alumni Members!

- Virginia P. Justice (alumna Rollins College)
- Tamara Tinker (alumna Stanford University Continuing Studies)
- Jenifer Baldwin (alumna Temple University)
- Larry Creech (alumnus Georgetown University)
- Susan Benson (alumna Reed College)
- John R. Mazza (Wake Forest University)
- Timothy D. McCollum (Eastern Oregon University)
- Cally E. Mervine (Harrison College)
- Patti Patridge (Wake Forest University)
- Andy Hughes (alumnus UNC  - Greensboro)

Welcome New Individual Members!

- Christopher W. Franz, St. Joseph Hill Academy
- Dr. Carole Shaffer-Koros, Professor Emerita – English (Kean University)
- William Eaton, Executive Editor Zeteo: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing


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2014 Annual Conference – Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future – Register Today!

2014 Annual Conference – Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future
October 9-11, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by The University of Pennsylvania MLA Program and the Villanova University GLS Program



Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin—inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman—is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times.

For the 2014 AGLSP conference, we will explore the theme of Revolutions. Appropriately, the conference will take place here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, at the University of Pennsylvania, the university that Franklin founded (in the spirit of educational reform) and the home of the ENIAC—the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology. Guest speakers and workshop panel information will be posted soon.

Hotel Accommodations will be provided by the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel. The room rate is $169. Please call the hotel directly to book your rooms at 1-888-627-7071. The room block is under The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies.

You may also book your room on-line by using the link below: 

All reservations must be booked by Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Conference Registration Form



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Annual Faculty Award

The AGLSP Annual Faculty Award is offered each year by the Association to honor an outstanding faculty member who teaches in a Full Member program. The award was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1991 to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal teaching and who have participated significantly in teaching or advising students and/or have actively participated in other faculty service in a Graduate Liberal Studies program.

The 2013 AFA was awarded to Professor Paula Marks of St. Edward’s University. Professor Marks brings her scholarship into the classroom in an accessible manner, and encourages active, student-focused learning. Her teaching for her program — which includes an innovative Liberal Studies introductory course on Time, as well as courses on American place, frontier and spirituality — has been notably interdisciplinary.

Nominations for the 2014 award are now closed.

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Confluence Writing Award Recipients

During the AGLSP conference banquet each October, in a formal award ceremony, the Association celebrates two current or recent graduate students of member programs for excellence in writing.

The 2013 recipients are:

  • Jackson Shultz (Dartmouth College) for excellence in creative writing for “Transforming Relationships: An Oral History of Transgender Experiences in Love and Romance”
  • Kenneth Mumma (Villanova University) for excellence in interdisciplinary writing for “Law for the Chosen: Levitical Interpretation and the Homosexual Prohibitions”

The winning entries are published in the Fall 2013 issue of Confluence, and often a good number of the other entries are published there as well, so the annual writing awards process provides a great opportunity to bring the best critical and creative writing being done in member programs before a wider audience. The winners each receive $500.

Nominations are closed for 2014.

If you have any questions or would like to brainstorm with editor Ken Smith about how to involve your program, feel free to call: 574-520-4173. Check out 2014 Confluence Award Guidelines for the deadline and other requirements.

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