AGLSP News & Events

Confluence is here!

The new, February online edition of Confluence is here!  Our first edition reflects materials submitted and accepted for publication from some two or so years past.  We trust you will enjoy both the new format and its contents.  The October edition to follow will be a compilation of newly submitted work, and we need your assistance – see below!

You will find the content sections of Confluence password protected. Only current members can access the content sections of Confluence.  Please contact the national office to inquire about membership, or go the Join AGLSP page.

We are anxious 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!


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Annual Faculty Award Nominations due March 31st

The 2014 AFA was awarded to Professor J. Dennis Huston of Rice University.  Professor Huston is professor of English where he has taught since 1969 and is a founding faculty member of Rice’s Master of Liberal Studies program and has been teaching in it since its inception in 2005. His courses meld the disciplines of writing, literature, film, speech, and communications and include Public Speaking, Shakespeare and Film, Modern Drama on Film and in Performance, and The Shaping of Western Thought.

His teaching has brought him press in NewsweekThe Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News. Dr. Huston has won a number of awards for his mentorship and teaching excellence including the Rice University Graduate Association Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2009. Other awards include a number of George R. Brown teaching awards, the Nicholas Salgo Teaching Prize and he received the 1990 Professor of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.  In 1990, Houston Metropolitan magazine named him one of the Ninety Best Things About Houston!

The AGLSP is proud to present the 2014 Faculty Award to Dr. Huston and most grateful to Rice University for nominating him!

Nominations for the 2015 award are now open and we encourage you to submit your nominations. Click here for the 2015 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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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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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Associate Member!

– St. John’s University, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Director
– University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Liberal Studies, Dr. Stephen C. Law, Graduate Director

Welcome New Individual Members!

– Dr. Richard G. Maloney, Boston University
– Christy Wise, Georgetown University

Welcome New Student/Alumni Members!

– Johanna Gross (alumna Georgetown University)
– Virginia Morgan (alumna University of Miami)
– Iryna Sirota-Basso (Georgetown University)
– Alison Morrow (alumna Johns Hopkins University)
– Anne C. Armstrong (Georgetown University)

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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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