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Confluence Call for Editor – Applications Due Jan 15, 2016


The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs seeks applicants for Editor-in-Chief of Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies (  Term of service involves a one-year appointment beginning in mid-March 2016, with the possibility of a two-year renewal thereafter.  The first issue under direction of this editor is expected to be completed by the time of the Association’s annual fall conference in October, 2016.

About Confluence

First published in 1995, Confluence is a national, interdisciplinary journal reflecting the best scholarly and creative work of graduate liberal studies programs.  Its broad scope includes scholarly interdisciplinary essays, creative work (short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction) and visual art contributed by students, faculty members, and alumni from affiliated member programs.  The exchange of ideas and art in Confluence is designed to generate intellectual discussion, foster an understanding of interdisciplinary activities, and stimulate research and creative endeavors among its readers.


Qualifications for the position include an understanding of the interdisciplinary mission of AGLSP and the role of Confluence in promoting that mission, prior editorial and/or administrative experience, knowledge of editing and online journal production processes, ability to manage large projects effectively, and familiarity with web technologies. Preference will be given to candidates with prior editorial experience.


In conjunction with the AGLSP Executive Board and the Confluence Editorial Board, the editor-in-chief is expected to provide a clear vision for the overall direction of the journal, and to produce/publish one online issue of Confluence annually.  As an ex officio member of the Board, the editor is expected to attend two board meetings per year (AGLSP pays travel costs to these meetings, one of which is held at the annual conference).  Additionally, the editor-in-chief is expected to:

  • identify potential Editorial Board members and recommend them to the AGLSP Executive Board for appointment
  • hire and manage staff for clerical and web support of the online journal. Note that current web support staff will continue to serve in that capacity, in the interest of continuity.
  • select a pool of expert reviewers from AGLSP member institutions to read and review submissions
  • prepare the request for submissions, establish submission deadlines, and assist AGLSP office in maintaining the submission portal
  • maintain records of all submission/publication activity, to be shared with the editorial board on a regular basis
  • oversee the peer review process for all received manuscripts in a timely and equitable way
  • make final decisions on which manuscripts to publish and assist authors in developing their manuscripts, as needed
  • provide timely, effective communication with all those involved in the submission and publication process
  • for each issue of Confluence, compose editorials (as appropriate), provide overall design and layout guidance, approve all artwork (cover design, section designs, etc.), oversee the copy-editing process, and provide final proofing for all manuscripts prior to publication
  • maintain the Confluence website (linked from the AGLSP site) in conjunction with AGLSP home office
  • convene regular meetings (phone or video) of the editorial board, to provide updates and seek input

The Confluence budget does not pay for office space or release time but does provide a nominal annual stipend for the Editor-in-Chief ($4000), as well as a nominal stipend for web ($2000) and copy-edit ($2000) support.  The sponsoring member institution will be responsible for all indirect costs (utilities, telephone, postage, electronic communication, etc.).  Applicants must have clear support from their member institution for pursuit of this activity over the duration of their appointment.

Application Process

Interested individuals should prepare and submit an application that includes the following:  cover letter detailing editorial experience and editorial philosophy along with explanation of how those would assist in reaching the goals for Confluence, examples of previous editorial work (as appropriate), one or more letters of support from the sponsoring member program, and a current CV.  Applications will be accepted by email only. Send application materials to Marialana Weitzel, AGLSP National Office, by January 15, 2016.

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Annual Faculty Award Nominations due March 31st

The 2015 AFA was awarded to Professor Francis Ambrosio of Georgetown University. Professor Ambrosio is Director of the Doctoral Program in Liberal Studies and Associate Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Ambrosio’s main research interests are in the areas of hermeneutics and Decontruction, especially the work of Hans-George Gadamer and Jacques Derrida. Dr. Ambrosio’s acceptance remarks can be found here. The AGLSP is grateful to Georgetown University for nominating him.

Nominations for the 2016 award are now open and the deadline is March 31, 2016. Click here for the 2016 Call for Nominations

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.

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AGLSP National Honor Society!

We are pleased to announce that the University of Memphis, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program has officially formed an AGLSP National Honor Society of Graduate Liberal Studies Chapter. We are grateful to Dr. William Akey and his program, and look forward to honoring their graduates. To learn more about the AGLSP National Honor Society, click here.

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Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Student/Alumni Members!

– Margaret Mauk (Florida State University)
– Lisa Lapin (alumna Stanford University)
– Kristin Corr (Southern Methodist University)
– Thomas Shapiro (Stanford University)
– 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!

– Candyce Carter, Stanford University
– 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

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

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Annual Letter from the AGLSP President

Subject: Report of the annual conference and business meeting

Dear AGLSP Members,

I am pleased to report yet another successful annual conference, Place Matters, in San José, California. Linda Paulson and Michelle Bennett were outstanding hosts, presenting an excellent program with 130 attendees and guests including 54 student and faculty speakers.  Please follow this link to the post-conference survey to give us your feedback: Your feedback helps us plan the next conference.

At the 2015 Annual Business Meeting, the following matters were addressed:

  • We thank outgoing board members John Freeman (Rice University) for his leadership on the membership committee, Tim Boylan (Winthrop University) for serving as Treasurer, and Marylu Hill (Villanova University) for her service as member at large. The membership voted in new board members Michael Garval (North Carolina State University) as Treasurer and John Logie (University of Minnesota), Wole Ojurongbe (Dartmouth University), and Rebecca Sharp Sanchez (Rice University) as members at large.
  • The membership voted to approve changes to the AGLSP constitution that eliminate two levels of institutional membership (full and associate) and replace those with one level of institutional membership with all privileges. These changes will become active January 1, 2016.
  • Under the direction of Editor Gary Swaim and web consultant Damien Ydoyaga, Confluence successfully made the transition from paper to online format (  Web analytics indicated 218 visits to the web page and 850 page views during the first two days the new issue was available. During 2015 we also created an Editorial Board which serves to assist with manuscript review and selection of the Confluence Writing Award winners.
  • AGLSP is now in a position to continue the process of increasing the vitality and viability of Confluence by initiating systematic procedures for filling the roles of editor and editorial board. The Executive Board will post an open call for applications for the position of Editor of Confluence by November 25. Applications will be due January 15, decision to be made by March 15. Faculty members interested in serving on the Editorial Board should contact the AGLSP office.
  • Confluence Awards for the 2014 calendar year were announced:

    • Kristy Anne Wells nominated by John Freeman, Rice University, Excellence in Creative Writing
    • Matthew David Arnold nominated by Donna Zapf, Duke University, Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing

                Nominations for the 2016 Confluence Writing Awards will be accepted until January 31, 2016.
                 Click here for the guidelines.

  • Nominations for the 2016 Annual Faculty Award are now open. Guidelines can be found here. We congratulate the recipient of the 2015 award, Professor Francis J. Ambrosio (Georgetown University).
  • Responding to requests from the membership, AGLSP has created a listserv for institutional members ( and a Facebook page that members and students and friends are welcome to join (
  • At last year’s meeting, AGLSP approved the creation of a student honor society. At this year’s meeting Michele Mrak released the procedural details about institution and AGLSP roles in creating an honors society on your campus. More information can be found at here.
  • Finally, the AGLSP Executive Board instituted Student Presentation Awards to be decided at the annual conference. The winners of the 2015 presentation will be announced shortly.
  • The annual conference continues to be a highlight 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 Oklahoma City, October 20-22, 2016, as we explore Tradition and Transformation:…. Oklahoma University’s MALS program will host the conference. Details will be coming your way shortly.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Signature
Deborah Finkel, PhD

President, AGLSP
Director, MIS Program
Indiana University Southeast

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Dr. Francis J. Ambrosio, of Georgetown University is our 2015 Annual Faculty Award Winner!

The AGLSP is delighted to announce and congratulate Dr. Francis J Ambrosio of Georgetown University as the recipient of the 2015 Annual Faculty Award! Dr. Ambrosio’s remarks can be found here.  Dr. Ambrosio received his award at the Friday evening conference banquet flanked by his Georgetown colleagues! Nominations for the 2016 award are now open. Click here for the 2016 guidelines.


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New Confluence Issue available!

Congratulations to all contributors and mentors! Click here for the dedicated journal website.

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Confluence Award Winners

Congratulations to our Confluence Award Winners.

Kristy Anne Wells, nominated by John Freeman, Rice University – Excellence in Creative Writing – “Oklahoma Daughters”

Matthew David Arnold, nominated by Donna Zapf, Duke University – Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing  – “The Relentlessly Perfect Family: The Obamas as a Reflection of America”

You can read their essays on the Confluence journal website.

The 2016 Confluence Award Call for Nominations is now open and the deadline to submit is January 31, 2016. Please click here for details and be sure to post and circulate.

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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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