AGLSP News & Events

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Associate Members!

– California State University Northridge, Tseng College, Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar
– University of Colorado Denver, Master of Humanities/Master of Social Science (MHMSS), Directors, Dr. Omar Swartz & Dr. Margaret Woodhull,
– St. John’s University, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Director

Welcome New Student/Alumni Members!

– Kathryn Daily (Duke University)
– Karen Borek (alumna University of Pennsylvania)
– Lela Ivankovic (alumna Georgetown University)
– Jennifer Leigh Phillips (Georgetown University, DLS)
– Michael Pifer (University of Delaware)
– Margaret Easton (Simon Fraser University)
– David Seter (Dominican University of California)
– Thomas Ledbetter (University of North Carolina @ Greensboro)
– Robert F. La Raia (Rice University)
– Natacha Ruck (Stanford University)
– Paola Cavallaro (Rollins College)
– Ryan Dearborn (Rice University)
– Bridgid K. MacSeóin (alumna Duke University)
– Leigh Hallock (Southern Methodist University)
– Emma Hall (Rice University)
– Lee Ann Grimes (alumna Rice University)
– Michele Elchlepp (Southern Methodist University)
– Sheri Clark Henriksen (alumna Rice University)
– Brian Fennig (Southern Methodist University)
– Mathieu Debic (Southern Methodist University)
– Valerie Silver (Dominican University of California)
– Emily Sosolik (Arizona State University)

Welcome New Individual Members!

– Peggy Roe, Rice University
– Dr. Joy H. Austin, University of Memphis
– Shelley C. Berg, Southern Methodist University
– Kenneth Smith, Indiana University South Bend
– John McClenahen, Georgetown University
– Michelle Matthews, Southern Methodist University
– Charles R. Sullivan, University of Dallas and Southern Methodist University
– Dr. Richard G. Maloney, Boston University
– Christy Wise, Georgetown University

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We are excited to announce that the deadline to submit for the October 2015 issue has been extended to May 15th! We are eager to receive submissions from students, alumni, and faculty of our AGLSP institutions.  Guidelines are posted under the “More” tab on the Confluence webpage: We welcome research essays, short fiction, nonfiction, photography, poetry and art.  You can be most helpful to us with your personal submissions, certainly, and helpful as well by announcing these submission opportunities to your students.  We’re counting on each of you for our future success. We look forward to receiving your submissions as well as your feedback on Confluence!



MAY 15, 2015 

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Pay Your Dues On-Line!

You can now pay your annual membership dues securely on-line using PayPal! Click for more details.

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A letter from AGLSP President Deborah Finkel

October 2014

Dear AGLSP Members,

I am pleased to report yet another successful annual conference, Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future, in Philadelphia. Marylu Hill of Villanova University and Chris Pastore of the University of Pennsylvania were outstanding hosts, presenting an excellent program with 104 attendees including 51 student and faculty speakers.

At the 2014 Annual Business Meeting, the following matters were addressed:

  • The association financials are sound; the membership approved the proposed 2015 budget.
  • Membership: as of 10/6/2014, 109 members were current on their dues. About 5 were still are in arrears for 2014. We urge all members to pay their dues as soon as they can.
  • The proposal to create a GLS honor society was approved by the membership. Michele Mrak, board member, will head the committee to implement the proposal.
  • Nominations for the 2015 Annual Faculty Award are now open. Guidelines are attached and will be posted on the website. We congratulate the recipient of the 2014 award, Professor J. Dennis Huston (Rice University).
  • We thank outgoing board members Stephanie Schechner (Widener University) for her leadership on the publications committee, and Bob Smither (Rollins College) for serving as President 2012-2014. The membership voted in new board members Martha Banz (Oklahoma University) as Vice-President and President Elect, Tim Boylan (Winthrop University) as Treasurer, and Michele Mrak (Southern Methodist University) and Chris Pastore (University of Pennsylvania) as members at large.

The AGLSP Board of Directors is also pleased to announce a new phase for Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Dr. Ken Smith (Indiana University South Bend) has served as editor of confluence for 3 years and, as his term is ending, the board is taking advantage of this opportunity to rethink the journal.  The board has decided to use the transition to make two major changes:

  1. Confluence will move to online publication.
  2. Confluence will move to an editor-in-chief and editorial board.

Dr. Gary Swaim, of Southern Methodist University, has agreed to serve as our first Editor-in-Chief and Southern Methodist University will take responsibility for hosting the online journal format. Dr. Martha Banz, AGLSP Vice President, will serve as an ex officio member of the Confluence editorial board and will work with the Editor-in-Chief to establish an editorial board with representation from the several fields represented by Confluence submissions (e.g., poetry, literary criticism, history, social sciences, etc.). Members of the editorial board will share responsibility for review of submissions to the journal. This transition of the journal has two consequences:

  1. There will be no Confluence student writing award this year, but all submissions for this year’s award will be forwarded for consideration for next year’s award.
  2. We are recruiting individuals who would be interested in serving on the Confluence editorial board. Please contact Martha Banz ( if you are interested. Our goal is to have the editorial board established by the end of 2014.

As the transition to the new format of Confluence moves forward, we hope to be able to publish the first online issue in early 2015.

The annual conference and business meeting continue to be highlights of membership in the AGLSP. In addition to gaining useful information in running your programs and exploring provocative session topics, networking with fellow directors is invaluable. Please plan to join us next year in San Jose, CA, October 15-17, 2015, as we explore the ways that Place Matters. Stanford University’s MLA program will host the conference. Details will be coming your way shortly.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Signature

Deborah Finkel, PhD
President, AGLSP
Director, MLS Program
Indiana University Southeast

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2015 AGLSP Conference: Place Matters – Schedule now posted! On-line Registration & More!

Click here for the conference page


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